Contemporary house with vertical garden

XY Architects
Paris 14th




220 m²
Terraces: 100 m²
6 rooms
5 bathrooms


Living in the heart of nature in Paris

Spectacular and atypical, this town house, built in 2003 by the XY Architecture agency, impresses with its wealth of space, its many terraces and its vertical garden designed by Patrick Blanc, the botanist who invented the concept of green walls.

The first floor comprises a vast living room with an impressive ceiling height of 5.70 metres, enhanced by a 50 m² vertical garden designed by Patrick Blanc, a wall papered with a phrase by Francis Ponge, taken from “Parti pris des choses”, on the theme of nature and the lift, like a tree trunk placed at the centre of the composition. This convivial lounge area is extended by a kitchen opening onto a terrace and a small greenhouse dedicated to orchids. Wherever you are – in the kitchen, in the basement or on the first floor – nature is omnipresent and provides a real breath of fresh air: the house lives to the rhythm of the blooms in the vertical garden, where ficus, begonias, ferns and long lianas proliferate.

The bedrooms are located on the upper levels, two of which have terraces. The third floor has three bedrooms with bathroom and shower room, while the fourth floor has a master suite with bathroom and dressing room and a guest bedroom with shower room. An office opening onto the living room on the second floor, a large roof terrace on the fifth floor, a large garage for two cars, a gym with overhead lighting and a shower room on the ground floor, a second office, a cellar and a laundry room in the basement complete the refined spaces of this house.

Overlooking a quiet street in the 14th arrondissement, this house offers 220 m² of living space plus 80 m² of finished basement and 100 m² of terraces. The 7 levels are served by a glass lift.

A cascade of plants

The house also boasts a number of planted terraces that cascade down the rear facade, while the street facade, inspired by the artists’ studios in the area, features large glass windows. Inside, the volumes vary according to use: double height for the living room and more confined spaces for the bedrooms, but the rooms are always generously lit by windows of various shapes (skylights, portholes, etc.).

XY Architects

Since 1987, XY Architecture, led by Xavier ESSELINCK and Yves BOUR, has devoted most of its activity to renovation and conversion.

From industrial wasteland to workshops, from garage to loft, from historic monument to museum, all scales and uses are familiar.

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XY Architectes


Paris 14ème