Remodeled Bookstore House

Project: Bookshelf House, Paris suburb

Architects: Andrea Mosca Creative Studio, Paris

A big woodwork of stepped bookshelves is the key element that characterises this remodelling project just outside of Paris – a private three-storey house renovated by the Italian architect. The architect designed the interior for a family of five who stayed at a friend’s house during the renovation and were enamoured with the living room bookshelf.

The aim of this project was to transform this dark, run-down home into a bright and warm space, add an office zone on the mezzanine and create a separate but visible kitchen. The beechwood shelves other than just forming a bookcase, act as railing, office space dividers and general storage within the two levels.

Usually conceived as a series of flat shelving, this bookcase is made around a single element that is repeated into the space to design the project.

The first unit goes from the first floor to the mezzanine, serving as the main bookshelf in the living room as well as a railing on one side of the stairs. It then continues on the mezzanine level, where it becomes a storage unit that hides the bedroom entry and the office.

A big glass pillar covered with mirrors discloses the theme of this project even before entering the main living room. The kitchen is separated from the dining room by a glass panel and a glass sliding door to fill the space with natural light. White painted wood floor and bookshelves now fill the space with warm natural light giving this house a new life.

Photo credits: Andrea Mosca

Fact File

Lead Architects: Andrea Mosca Architecte DESA (hmonp)

Year of completion: 2016

Built-up area: 160sq m

Company names of products/materials used (such as tiles, flooring, wall, false ceiling etc.):

  • Plexwood: Beech double sided panels (for the main woodwork),
  • Stone Italiana: Superwhite quartz slab (for the kitchen counter),
  • Cinna: Ottoman sofa (the two sofas on picture)