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BEST SOLUTIONS – A multifunctional 16 sqm live-work unit

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ith a clever system of interlocking and overlapping surfaces, American-trained architect Lilan Pan has turned her tiny workshop in the centre of Paris into a truly multifunctional space. Here, 2/3 people work and eat together, while being pretty much in full street view. With a simple and streamlined design of rare aesthetic beauty, Lilan Pan wanted to make the most of every square centimetre, turning this 4x4 m space from an office with reception, workspaces and sofa to a kitchen with dining table and bench, as well as an entrance with staircase which leads to the floor above.

The freestanding counter doubles up as reception desk and kitchen island. Hidden behind it, there’s a staircase which leads to the basement. To the left, two floor-to-ceiling cabinets are in effect a self-contained kitchen. To the right, you can catch a glimpse of the yellow bench seat.


Behind the counter, a first tiny staircase leads to the basement and a second ethereal staircase leads to the floor above.


A mattress doubles-up as the backrest of the sofa, a drawer underneath the platform becomes the first step, and then nothing more is in your way if you want to go upstairs.


The table mounted on castors can be moved with no trouble at all. Computer and desk lamp are mounted on the windowsill; this doesn’t clutter up the space. From workstation to dining table and conference table.



Design project

Live-work unit in the city centre

Location: Paris, France
Floors: 1 of 3
Size: 16 mq per floor

Architecture and interior design project:
Studio Pan
17 rue de Belfort, 75 011 Paris, France
Tel: 0033 (0) 6 59 38 51 76
Email: lilan.pan@gmail.com


Credits Mariela Apollonio
Courtesy Studio Pan


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