In the empty space between two houses in Gentilly, a southern suburb of Paris on the IIe-de-France, NeM Architectes inserted that magical extra room we all dream of. The original dwelling is on a street of attached houses—with one blank just wide enough for a carport. In the gap above it, NeM Architectes of Paris built what they call "a suspended cabin."
Above: The addition belongs to the house on the left. NeM Architectes were commissioned to create a floating suite for the owner's son.
Above: The ground-level space between the buildings is used as a carport. The cabin addition on the street side is sheathed in slatted siding that matches the fence—and offers few clues about what's inside.
Above: On the back of the addition, a window wall and balcony overlook the Bièvre valley. The cabin is linked to the main house via a second-story window turned into a door. One side of the addition is weight-bearing ("using hidden pillars fixed to a gable," the architects told Arch Daily), and the other, they explain, simply rests against the adjoining building.
Above: The main room of the cabin is a study with a view.
Above: The work space is all plywood, from floor to desk to daybed.
Above: A bedroom with a skylight opens off the study.
Above: The architects detailed the office with shelves and built-in drawers beside the balcony.
Above: A sectional drawing of the addition by ReM Architectes.
Above: The floor plan shows the addition and existing house's renovated attic.