When designing the Sacha apartment in Paris’ 15th arrondissement, SABO project turned to simple materials, like Baltic birch plywood, white resin, and the original concrete, for a clean, family-friendly space. The design involved combining two identical, overlapping apartments into one with the lower floor housing the bedrooms and the upper floor becoming the social space.
The main, upper level was designed with an open floor plan with spaces defined only by the change in materials, which are the same three materials used throughout. In the living room/dining room setup, white resin covers the floor under the dining table, while birch is the flooring material on the living room side. A sea of birch cabinets and shelves surround the table with select books and objects adding color to the space. A pegboard wall covers the opposite side of the living space with adjustable shelves to hold the family’s trinkets.
The architect didn’t forget about the family’s beloved cat but instead designed access cutouts that let the cat roam throughout whether doors are closed or not. His own home exists within one of the kitchen cabinets behind one of the cutouts. The circular staircase contains a safety door to keep the cat on the main level.