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Would You Live in an Idea?

We ran across this stunning little Parisian apartment in Arch Daily. The level of detail and design that architecture firm Betillon Dorval-Bory brings to the 215 sq ft (20 sqm) space is remarkable. Yet there is more to this tiny space than meets the eye (or rather your eye brings more to the space).

The apartment, dubbed “Appartement Spectral”, is a study in light. In order to compensate for a dearth of natural light (a point we’re not sure we’d agree on), BDB decided to play around with different types of artificial lights. One side of the apartment is lit by low-pressure sodium lights and the other florescent. Each type of light has a different color rendering index (CRI). “The CRI of a light describes its ability to reflect accurate color of a surface,” according to BDB.

The low-pressure sodium lights, which are the same orange lights you see illuminating cities when you’re in an airplane, have a very low CRI, which means everything ends up monochromatic and the same orangey hue of the light. These lights are relegated to the bathing and sleeping areas where BDB thought distinguishing color was not as critical.

The florescent lights have a very high CRI and thereby render all reflected colors near perfectly. These lights were placed in the living and kitchen areas where color distinction is more useful.

In terms of how the sparse interior and light play off one another, BDB says this:

The apartment is designed in a simple and neutral expression, without color or particular detail, annihilating any architectural expressiveness or narrative to leave only the logic of composition generated by light.

The apartment is pretty gorgeous in our opinion, but we do wonder what it would be like to live in. In terms of sterility, this place makes the LifeEdited apartment look like a music festival porta-potty–it’s whiter than white. And as interesting as the theory is behind the lighting, we’re not sure how it makes the space more livable necessarily.

Of course our questions are a bit silly. This is not an apartment for just anyone. This is a tiny aesthetic wonderland and, for the right esthete, this would make a perfect home.

via Arch Daily

Photo credit: Betillon Dorval-Bory

  • Lukas Fauset

    Anyone else bothered by the unused space under the stairs? Perhaps the stairs remove for long term storage… Also, the woman appears to have been photoshopped onto the kitchen counter, and probably shrunk in order to make the space appear larger.

    In general, though, there are elements of this that I really like. The lighting situation is quite interesting, although I think it’d have to see it in person to really have a decent opinion.

    • Elaine Axten

      I have a problem with the stairs in general. The floating steps look like an accident waiting to happen, and although they do have a high ceiling I am dubious about the comfort of sleeping so near the ceiling. I think it would get too hot and stuffy.

  • kensalrisegirl

    At the Light Show at the Hayward Art Gallery on the South Bank London a 3 room installation using three colours of light (pale yellow rising to green, pink to red and white to blue) interestingly proved that nearly everyone visiting left the bright green room for the red, and similarly when Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Sun’ was at the Tate folk lay underneath it basking, dancing and picnicking. Light, its colour and quality is incredibly important, so a tiny apartment with varying hues is much more attractive, otherwise you would feel as if you were living in a fridge

    • Elaine Axten

      I loved “Sun”

      Then again, that space was MASSIVE.

  • Kent

    “Hue” not “hew” when referring to color… And the exposed bathroom wouldn’t work for a lot of people, I think…

    • David Friedlander

      thanks. corrected.

  • John Tremaine

    I love the design of the space….but the lighting is beyond horrible – as a lighting designer I could not begin to imagine living in a space illuminated by the worlds two worst light sources – fluorescent is bad enough but low pressure sodium is at the bottom of the lamp technology – in the US we don’t even use it to light a tunnel…everything is rendered in grey….I would guess it is NEVER turned on – and don’t even bring up energy efficiency – this lighting must go because the design is fabulous