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M Garden Duplex in Paris, France by Toledano + Architects

Project name:
M Garden Duplex
Architecture firm:
Toledano + Architects
Paris, Paris
Salem Mostefaoui
Principal architect:
Gabrielle Toledano
Built area:
190 m²
Site area:
1300 m²
Design year:
Completion year:
Interior design:
Toledano + Architects
Environmental & MEP engineering:
Structural engineer:
Mark Malinowski-Groupe Alto
Tools used:
AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 3D
Duplex garden apartment in a building from the 70’s

The French architect Gabrielle Toledano from Toledano + architects has recently completed renovation of an apartment in Paris, France.

Architect's statement: This Duplex is located in the 2 first floors of a building from the 70’s and had never been renovated. It has a private 1000 sqm garden, which is such a rare thing inside Paris.

The renovation was complete, from the floors to the stairs, windows etc. The idea was to remodel entirely the layout in order to fit the family with 3 young children needs but also to improve air ventilation and isolation for summer and winter comfort.

staircase with wooden steps image © Salem Mostefaoui

In order to maximize natural daylight and still be protected against high heat during summer- something that has become today’s standard in Paris-, the windows were replaced by a very thin and highly efficient aluminium model. The glass has solar control properties and is also the source of heat of all the apartment, providing an innovative soft and comfortable heating solution. Also, the floor level continuity erases boundaries between inside and outside and expands horizontally the space.

modern kitchen design image © Salem Mostefaoui

The general layout was thought with a big modular master bedroom on the ground floor, as well as a wide open shared space and the 3 kids rooms plus a playground area on the 2ndt floor. That way, intimacy is provided between parents and children while the apartment also calls for exchange and togetherness. The wide living room, dining room and kitchen are connected to the wood terrace and planted garden through the big sliding windows.

yellow meeting table in the office room image © Salem Mostefaoui

The stairs design plays with transparency, using perforated metal sheets as well as geometry and gravity. The steps are hanging from the wall and ceiling and wrapped in a triangular metal box, while a wood closet was integrated underneath.

staircase with transparent metal handrail image © Salem Mostefaoui

staircase Woden steps detail image © Salem Mostefaoui

Modularity is a key word. The master suite is built through several progressive layers of privacy, thanks to pivot doors that allow to choose weather to integrate rooms in the general common space or in the master suite, according to the time of the day or visitor. It includes a home-office that turned out to be so usefull during Covid and a boxing space, as well as a bathroom with a garden view, a dressing room and a bedroom.

master bedroom with garden view though window image © Salem Mostefaoui

The materials are minimal, warm and chic at the same time with a Japanese feel. In the boxing space and dressing room, the wood and fabric floor to ceiling spaces were inspired by tatamis. In the rest of the Duplex, Concrete, black metal, black granit, Carrara marble, oak wood, fabric and perforated steel. On the kids floor, a bright Klein blue brings a fun and dynamic twist to the common playroom and TV room.

Everything here was made to measure, including a red Corian coffee table and a yellow Corian dining room table on the Ground floor that brighten up the space.

yellow dining table image © Salem Mostefaoui

dining table with yellow color image © Salem Mostefaoui

library bookshelves image © Salem Mostefaoui

red table and grey sofa image © Salem Mostefaoui

blue chair next to window image © Salem Mostefaoui

office room image © Salem Mostefaoui

boxing gloves and pads on the wallimage © Salem Mostefaoui

office desk and chair image © Salem Mostefaoui

bathroom bathtub image © Salem Mostefaoui

circular mirror image © Salem Mostefaoui

wardrobe at bedroom image © Salem Mostefaoui

window curtain image © Salem Mostefaoui

dressing room and wardrobe image © Salem Mostefaoui

dressing room design image © Salem Mostefaoui

staircase step image © Salem Mostefaoui

stone made bowls used as decoration image © Salem Mostefaoui

bedroom design image © Salem Mostefaoui

blue sofa image © Salem Mostefaoui

kitchen window image © Salem Mostefaoui

wooden bookshelf image © Salem Mostefaoui

playroom image © Salem Mostefaoui

woman in the kitchen image © Salem Mostefaoui

yellow table image © Salem Mostefaoui

fabric detail image © Salem Mostefaoui

books in the bookshelf image © Salem Mostefaoui

metal door image © Salem Mostefaoui

small hexagonal tiles in bathroom image © Salem Mostefaoui

black leather sofa image © Salem Mostefaoui

bookshelf image © Salem Mostefaoui

bookshelf with books and decoration image © Salem Mostefaoui

Existing Floor Plan

Existing first floor plan

first floor plan

Second floor plan

Staircase detail section


Elevation bathroom

Elevation drawing

Children playroom elevation

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By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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