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Soaring Paris Loft Home Created in Former Carpentry Shop

A rad home under huge skylights

Small spaces no doubt present endless design challenges, but unusually large spaces can be just as tricky. For Paris firm Agnès et Agnès, their challenge was to turn a 3,444-square-foot former carpentry shop into a homey dwelling for a family of seven. Their solution? Putting all the common areas—living room, dining room, kitchen—on the ground floor, right under the soaring skylights, and creating a series of lofted, box-like bedrooms that surround the whole space. The striking perforated steel handrail, a statement piece of sorts, wraps around the upper level, where each bedroom has been painted a distinct color on the interior to convey different personalities.