ISSUE 35  |  The Organized Life

Fill in the Blank: A Floating Cabin in France

September 03, 2014 11:00 AM

BY Margot Guralnick

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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.”

Photographs by Rémy Castan via Archdaily.

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 Biévre 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.

For Architect Visits in France with a rustic twist, see Villa Solaire: A Farmhouse Rental and The Secret Garden: An Artists’s Atelier. On Gardenista, learn 10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France.