Paris real estate is tricky — not only is the market expensive and competitive, but the property you land on will also probably be small and centuries old. While history has its charm, a lot of these spaces aren't fit for modern life. So when a couple expecting a baby approached HOCH Studio for help with their 670-square-foot flat, the team had their work cut out for them. Located in central Paris, between the Louvre and the Place du Châtelet, the apartment dates back to the 18th century and was in a dilapidated state before the renovation. "The way the rooms were divided and oriented was nonsense," said architect Thomas Hostach. "With a few tricks, the place could be upgraded to a proper two-bedroom space."
After the initial planning stage, the rest of the project was implemented quickly (a triumph in a city known for red tape and lengthy bureaucratic processes). The team carved out two new rooms with windows and enlarged the living spaces to maximum square footage. Despite the tight schedule, the apartment is now thoroughly modern, with plenty of natural light, a minimalist kitchen, and blue hues for a serene family living space.