ENVIRONMENT FOR THE SENSES
Maison NW is an interior project by architect Nathalie Wolberg and has been implemented in the town of Saint-Ouen near Paris.
It is remarkable for its unique elements used for creating space functioning both as a home and a working studio for several artistic persons, among whom Wolberg herself.
A former shop located in a building from the 50s has been transformed into a multifunctional two-storey space where one can clearly see the architect’s individuality and desire to attain a specific emotionally-charged atmosphere. The final result is some bold architecture in which the partitions between spaces are determined by external element features such as sound, light, colour and matter.
The main line in that project is the use of design possibilities for structural analysis of human needs, emotions and perceptions, and in that sense Maison NW is also a laboratory for experimenting with the relations between inhabitants and surroundings. Knowing that people with strong individualities will live under the same roof, Wolberg pays particular attention to constructing three types of zones that are balanced in the entire whole, and at the same time serve different needs -of personal freedom and solitude, and fulfilled communication with others as well. All spaces are individually designed structures, in which particular attention is devoted to details, and are quite different from one another. Furniture takes an active part in the architectural arrangement and can transform its functions depending on the needs – either domestic or work.