Clément Lesnoff-Rocard’s apartment suspended over the rooftops of Paris

at the edge of the Parisian roof

French the architect Clément Lesnoff-Rocard designs an apartment Paris, its soft tones and curved edges washed by the sunlight. The two floors penthouse the space is named ‘The Edge’, in reference to its suspended position just above the city’s iconic rooftops. The architect tells designboom: “This space gave me this very special feeling that you have when you find yourself on a cliff, drawn to its edge, hypnotized by the beauty of the landscape and quietly terrified at the idea of ​​falling. Intense. It had to be a subject for me to work on, this advantage.

pictures by Laurent Kronental | @laurentkronental

the biased layout of the parisian building

Describing the 1980s building that houses the Edge, Clément Lesnoff-Rocard notes its unique layout. While the overall envelope lines up with the boulevard below, the interiors are laid out at an angle. “As if someone was pushing too hard on the edge of the building”, the architect explains, “fold everything inside so you can hardly ever face a neighbor and create unusual, sharp angles in the floor plan.” This condition, “straight skin with crooked bones”, results in more atypical floor plans, divided by angled walls creating truncated rooms.

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a landscape of edges and materials by Clément Lesnoff-Rocard

The design is based on the concept of “the edge”, which Clément Lesnoff-Rocard considers both metaphorically and physically. The designer develops a physical vocabulary of edge types – softened concrete edges with gentle curves, or hardened foam board edges with sharp lines. Views of Paris are brought inside through floor-to-ceiling windows, while interiors are lit from above with skylights. Different slices are contrasted by their materiality of blackened wood and white paint, or white marble and light concrete.

With its textured surfaces, the concrete elements seem softened when paired with smooth, white painted walls – against a shaggy pillow it again reads as solid and heavy. In this way, the dialogue between the materials helps to celebrate or transform their individual nuances.

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the edge is like the present: to be everything without even existingClement Lesnoff Rocard
as a creator, I strive to expand my own knowledge in each new storyClement Lesnoff Rocard
as a human i’m just happy with the present, embracing this edge as it is