Available for Sale with Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty.
Signed by British architect Mark Guard, this pied-à-terre in Paris’s 5th arrondissement won, in 1997, the RIBA Award for Houses and Housing, and was subsequently short-listed for the Sterling Prize for Architecture. The parisian Penthouse, once described by the Royal Institute of British Architects as ”a complete delight”, is now available on the market, with Propriétés Parisiennes Sotheby’s International Realty.
Created as an improbable retreat in the heart of the Latin Quarter (among the most renowned areas in the City of Light) the pied-à-terre was initially designed for a human rights lawyer that split his time between Paris and London (where he owned an apartment equally signed by Mark Guard). Uncanny as it might seem (because of its position on the top of an Art Deco building, only steps from Place Monge and emblematic Rue Mouffetard), the apartment invites to contemplation.
And there is a lot of urban beauty to take in, as the 62 square meters private terrace offers an uninterrupted, 360 degrees panorama over the 5th arrondisement and its surroundings. Beautiful Hausmannian buildings, the Pantheon and the Eiffel Tour in the distance: Paris in a nutshell.
Mark Guard’s design, a refined display of minimalism in its purest form, does exactly what this style is supposed to do, extracting and exposing the essence of a delightful and functional living space. No accessories, no complicated textures, no flashy colours. Everything one needs for a fine living is already here, so why fill one s life with the unnecessary?
The immaculate surfaces on the walls often hide a surprising amount of storage space.
Citing Le Corbusier, the design accentuates the importance of light. The tall, ceiling-to-floor windows and the skylight in the kitchen and dining create a bright, open and inviting space. In its most accomplished instances, like Mark Guard’s works, minimalist design is more than just elegance and functionality: it is inspiration.
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