Between hideout and eden, a house behind the Défense

In the famous banlieue of the French capital, a 19th-century house finds an intimate reconfiguration through the rarefied design of Clément Lesnoff-Rocard and Gil Percal.

At the foot of the Défénse office district, built in the very first suburbs of Paris since the 1960s, a 19th century house has been organically redesigned by architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard in collaboration with Gil Percal.

The presence of a garden, and the decision to make it not only the fulcrum of the orientation of the rooms, but also a metaphor of the protection from the height and the bustle of the surrounding buildings, makes the residence an island - The Island is after all the name that has been given to it - gathered on itself.

By eliminating the interventions due to previous renovations and concentrating the finishes to a restricted range - cement and resin, white plaster, wood for the stairs and windows - the project gives life to a rarefied environment that acquires value thanks to distinguished details - the custom-made disappearing furniture, the double volume of the hall with rounded mezzanine - as well as the close dialogue with the garden emphasized by the full-height glass walls.

La Défense, Courbevoie, Paris
Single-family house
300 sqm
Clément Lesnoff-Rocard + Gil Percal
General Builders :
H2J Bat
General joinery :
Windows and Glass Work:
Parallels SAS & Armony Cucine

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