The project actually begins 12 years ago, when a hotel agency inherited two old buildings a short distance from the lively Place du Bourg-de-Four, and decided to turn it into a real architectural ensemble. Renovation work was initiated, and Meyer Architect was appointed to revive the courtyard that is common to both old buildings. The idea: to design a small set of three apartments, with very contemporary looks, and clad with copper.
The courtyard was first expanded to house the building and its three apartments, intended for seasonal rental. The whole is thus divided: two duplex, each with access to a garden-terrace, and a penthouse that runs the length of the building. Limited in terms of space, the architect concentrated his work on materiality, favoring natural copper, which became the thread of the project. The copper roof is thus inclined across the whole of the construction, bringing light into the courtyard that was missing until then.
At penthouse level, a skylight made of copper slats provides privacy. Thanks to the malleability of copper, the blades have been folded diagonally, and are adjustable as blinds: they veil the facade along its entire length, creating interplay of light and transparency. The occupants of the apartment thus gain in intimacy without losing in brightness.