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Kengo Kuma : Résidence Kenzo Takada

If the aesthetic character of Japanese designer Kenzo Takada often appears on the catwalks, it is none the less present in his home. Located in the district of Bastille (11ème arrondissement), the former residence of the stylist is now renovated by the architect Kengo Kuma, between contemporaneity and Japonism, according to the codes of the universe of Kenzo. An exceptional environment now inhabited by the couple of French entrepreneurs, Olivier and Isabelle Chouvet.

After a trip of 18 years in Asia - including eight years in Japan - impossible to return to Paris without being imbued with a certain oriental nostalgia. Goodbye so Haussmannian buildings and parquet herringbone! It is in the former residence of the Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada that the pair of trotting globes Olivier and Isabelle Chouvet decides to put down his suitcases, where a private Japanese garden replaces the usual common courts.

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If the original home of 470 square meters was already filled with charm and references to the Land of the Rising Sun, the new owners wanted to renovate their taste while following the recognizable universe of Kenzo. For this, they appeal to the Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, seduced by his work of light and perspectives.
With the central stone basin as a landmark, the project manager reorganizes all interior spaces by decompartmentalizing a maximum so that each room can establish a visual connection with the Japanese garden. Dark and little valued originally, the patio is here set back, creating a wooden slatted terrace overhung a glass roof.

Like the homes of his native country, the architect gives warmth and intimacy to the whole through a wide use of wood and clay. A veranda, directly overlooking the green outside, replaces the pool of yesteryear - removed because of the Parisian climate, not conducive to swimming. The entrance, located on the first level, is endowed with a sculptural staircase inspired by Chigaidanas leading to the spaces of night.

A haven of peace and serenity away from the bustle of Paris.

To learn more, visit the site of Kengo Kuma

Photographs: Jimmy Cohrssen and Alexis Armanet

Zoe Térouinard

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