Located on the top floor of a stone building in the historic center of Bordeaux, a port city famous for being the center of France's celebrated wine-growing region, a small service room originally used by housekeepers was transformed into a modern apartment. It was a personal project from architect Michel Hardoin of A6A. "We drew everything and partly completed the work ourselves," Hardoin said.
As with most French construction projects, there were challenges. "The two biggest difficulties were the limited budget of 30,000 euros and the fact that the flat was on the fourth floor, which was very difficult to get the materials to," Hardoin said. Solutions included IKEA furnishings and custom creations. But it's the defining material of the 500-square-foot space that makes it clever, both aesthetically and functionally: pine plywood.