Duplex in the “Buisson Saint-Louis”

Bernard Kohn
Paris 10e

1 040 000 €

85 m² LC (90 m² habitable)
1 chambre
1 salle de bain
Terrasse et jardin partagés


A cozy duplex in Paris’s first participatory housing

This flat is located in a former 19th-century wash-house that was renovated in 1983 by architect Bernard Kohn, a disciple of Louis Kahn, to create a participative housing scheme in the heart of Paris.

Located on the ground floor, this flat spans 85 sqm (90 sqm living space) over two levels.

The ground floor comprises a beautiful 45 m² living room with high ceilings, comprising a lounge with wood-burning stove, lit by zenithal windows that frame the sky and the vegetation of the interior garden and open onto an exterior terrace, and a study area.

A wooden staircase leads up to a mezzanine platform that has been converted into a library, the circular shape of which is reminiscent of the deck of a ship.

It then leads to the first floor, where the light-filled landing leads to a suspended kitchen, bathed in natural light thanks to its large glass roof overlooking the courtyard, a small lounge and a bedroom with built-in wooden cupboards and en suite bathroom.

Residents of the flat benefit from the areas shared by all the co-owners: a large common room, a laundry room, a garden and a number of terraces.

The building also has a basement car park.

A haven of peace right in the centre of Paris, the residence enjoys a dynamic environment close to all amenities. It is served by metro lines 2 and 11, at Belleville and Goncourt stations.

A modular construction system

The contemporary restoration of the washhouse designed by Bernard Kohn is based on the building’s original load-bearing structure, which has been exposed and preserved. The façades have been completely redesigned. Set on the original timber-framed structure, they are made up of a system of interchangeable panels with aluminium joinery. Solid or glazed, fixed or opening, they give residents the opportunity to compose the façade as they wish, and to change it if necessary.

The architect then proposed a flexible ‘post-and-beam’ construction system for ease of interior layout, enabling the homes to be adapted to the changing needs of families over the years. The various flats are nested within the structure, and a system of footbridges links the buildings together. The circulation between inside and outside, leading from courtyards to patios, gardens and landings, creates a convivial spatial experience that multiplies the number of places where residents can meet.

A pioneering self-managed housing project

The former industrial washhouse, set on a large plot of land, consisted of two timber-framed buildings dating from the 19th century. The redevelopment programme involved converting it into 14 units of triplex, duplex and single-storey accommodation, with the aim of preserving the genius loci of the existing site. At the architect’s request, the project was designed and implemented using a participatory process, in phase with the future residents.

Guided by the experimental and alternative spirit of the 1970s, from the outset the project incorporated community living spaces dedicated to services (laundry, car park) and leisure (common room, social areas), which are still in use today.

Technical info

Asking price:  €1,040,000.
Fees payable by the vendor

Property tax: NC

Co-ownership. Number of lots: 14
Quota share of co-ownership running costs: to come

In addition to the purchase of the property, there is a share in the ownership of the 70 m² common room.

Originally an association building, the complex is now subject to traditional co-ownership arrangements.
Work is currently underway to optimise the building’s energy efficiency (paid for by the current owner).

ECD: In progress

Additional information

Prix de vente

1 040 000 €


Paris 10ème


Bernard Kohn


Paris & Ile-de-France

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