18/11/2019Barnes
Private Visit

In Paris, more than just a house, an architectural feat in a haven of green

This house is probably one of the 16th arrondissement’s best kept secrets! At the heart of a discreet little private island between Auteuil and La Muette, it offers exceptional spaces and features an exceptionally bold architectural style. 

It is clear that the design is a tribute to Mallet-Stevens and Le Corbusier, who designed houses and townhouses in the neighbouring streets that are considered architectural masterpieces of the 20th century. But this 1,200 sq.m (12,916 sq ft) house is one of a kind. The use of criss-crossing ellipses infuses the spaces with elegance based on a design by Italian architect Stefania Stera:  We spent a long time working the model of the house with the owners. The question was how to show this incredible site – a wilderness at the heart of the city – off to its best advantage. The use of ellipses allowed us to break free of these constraints and to bring the construction into harmony with nature, which is omnipresent.

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Built 20 years ago, the house tears up the rulebook and is indissociable from its 1,500 sq.m (6,145 sq ft) garden. Each room affords a unique view and a unique perspective. A far cry from the classic architecture of Parisian townhouses, it uses the different levels to allow the light to flood in with the changing seasons.

Its 5 floors reveal – or conceal – their secret openings and their mystery furniture, like this seemingly suspended hinged wardrobe in the master suite, or the cupboards in the main lounge hidden behind their mirrors...

From the indoor pool on the garden level to the independent penthouse apartment opening onto an array of panoramic terraces, this universe created by Stefania Sera comes to life through the 14 frescoes painted by Italian artist Marco Tirelli.

More than just a house, an experience.

Explore this house full of charm and elegance in the short film below. Interested? Contact our agency selling this property.