Urban Beat / WY-TO

Urban beat / wy-to
© Svend Andersen

The main idea of this project is to extend the area of the family home. Indeed, the client has inherited the house from her grandfather and prefers remaining living inside to keep alive the memories of the family. The History continues with the next generations now inhabiting the house.

Urban beat / wy-to
Existing house / © Svend Andersen
Urban beat / wy-to
© Svend Andersen

Following the current trends in France as well as the Parisian Exhibition “Roof on Roof” in 2015, the process of adding a new floor to an existing structure is certainly contrasting with the Tabula Rasa. Indeed, it becomes a tool for contemporary urban densification while being deeply rooted in the past. It is certainly a respectful but also sustainable approach that WY-TO is developing here as well as other similar projects.

Urban beat / wy-to
© Svend Andersen

It has been decided to erect the vertical extension using a wooden structure due its specificities: lightweight, easy and fast to assemble, clean construction site as well as environmental-friendly. It appeared to be the ideal response to the existing dense context! In parallel to that, the clients could stay within the house during the whole duration of the construction.

Urban beat / wy-to
© Svend Andersen

The extension has a simple but expressive shape. Two blocks of different sizes are covered with wooden cladding, each using a different essence: poplar and pine. This abstract graphic composition resembles an Urban Beat that echoes in a respectful dialog the proportions of the immediate neighbors. From outside, the simplicity and sobriety of the facade unravels itself inside as rich and subtle.

Urban beat / wy-to
© Svend Andersen
Urban beat / wy-to
© Svend Andersen

Indeed, this height variation permits natural light to penetrate in the bedrooms through openings in the ceiling. Also, the double-volumed staircore at the heart of the house is bathed with light due to generous windows. All those systems represent perfectly the exploration of various sources of natural light and views according to the orientation of the spaces and their immediate surroundings. For instance, the wooden cladding becomes louvers where needed to allow light to enter in the space while preserving intimacy when facing the street.

Project Details:

Location: Montreuil-sous-Bois (East of Paris), France
Area: 80 sqm
Architects: WY-TO www.wy-to.com
Photographs: Svend Andersen

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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