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Studio Razavi designed Apartment XVII for a young scientist living in a historic building in Lyon, France. The French city’s preserved Renaissance neighborhood possesses typical architectural features like high ceilings and massive oak beams, elements that the studio preserved and highlighted with a minimal yet impactful renovation.

The 80 square-meter apartment consists of a single bedroom and bathroom, a living/dining area and kitchen, and two massive fireplaces. Tying the space together are the arched doorways, cabinetry and recessed shelves, and energetic pops of green. The studio also took a restrained approach in introducing new elements, sticking to wood floors and rough plasterwork on the walls to allow the space’s full potential to be celebrated. 

With a limited material and color palette, the studio presented the client with an introspective space that cultivates an atmosphere of reflection and creative seclusion. 

With offices in Paris, New York and London, Studio Razavi has an impressive portfolio of residential, corporate, hospitality, transportation and mixed-use projects across Europe and the Americas, bringing their fundamental principle of ‘materiality as spatial experience’ to each one. Follow them on Instagram.

studio razavi lyon Apartment XVII
studio razavi lyon Apartment XVII
studio razavi lyon Apartment XVII
studio razavi lyon Apartment XVII
studio razavi lyon Apartment XVII
studio razavi lyon Apartment XVII

Photography © Simone Bossi for Studio Razavi

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