- Architecture & development
Architect Sophie Dries retained the very distinct Haussmannian character of the Rive Droite Apartment in Paris and amazed us with this design. In addition, the architectural interior exchanges dialogues between sculpture and texture. Imagicasa takes you along to this exceptional project.
At Rive Droite Apartment, one of the Paris-based architect's most recent projects, the clients requested a unique and contemplative space in which to live, work and be surrounded by their own collection of contemporary art and design. These include works by Calder, Sol Lewitt, Annette Messager, among others, but also contemporary works by emerging artists such as Edgar Sarin, Vittoria Gerardi or Paloma Proudfoot.
Transformed into a Hungarian-inspired palace.
Upon entering the apartment, one finds oneself in the entrance hall, which immediately forms the link between each functional space and is at the same time a gallery. The classical volume houses works of art, but also an iconic piece of furniture from the nineties, designed by Philippe Starck, that represents a chair of the Council of State. Furthermore, you enter a spacious living space with a very inviting sofa in a water-green colour. Thanks to the many windows, the room enjoys a lot of natural light. The wooden kitchen has been given a minimalist look so the clients can prepare their meals in all serenity. The minimalist bedroom is enveloped in a wabi-sabi atmosphere, which conveys an enormous sense of tranquillity. Sophie Dries also designed the ensuite shower room characterised by geometry to emphasise the different variations of the original space. The architect's inspiration came from the Greek islands and, more specifically, their houses known for their white polished concrete. The organic lines in the bathroom also gave the room a minimalist feel. What's more, Dries came up with a space scenario for all the rooms according to axes, which stimulated attention to the collection of artworks and furniture. The architect opted for a rough aspect to the materials used, without any embellishments, the shades being natural with a special tone of water green. In short, an architectural gem in the middle of Paris. With a total surface area of 80 square metres, Sophie Dries was able to transform the apartment into a true Hungarian-inspired palace, using lots of light and oak parquet flooring.
Photography by Stephan Julliard