bold design: new office on the roof
bold design: new office on the roof bold design: new office on the roof
oct 18, 2011

bold design: new office on the roof

‘new office on the roof’ by bold designs, paris, france lapinture from the on off crew (talented and multi skilled friends) to create a mural image © bold-design




paris-based practice bold design has transformed an unoccupied rooftop space within the heart of paris, france into their new office. co-founders william boujon and julien benayoun have decided to renovate an old machine room which previously housed a motor lift. the enclosed area of 170m2 has never been occupied but the shell has been affected by its weathered past. the studio drew the plans for their future office, assuming a minimum budget as the primary constraint. the team paid particular attention to economy of means and space. the organization of their new studio reflects a collaborative work ethic with custom built features for a simple and fully functional work configuration.

bold design: new office on the roof view of bold-design’s office from the famous parisian market ‘aligre’ image © bold-design




a shared desk is surmounted by an industrial light while a system of shelves will receive models, prototypes, materials, books, music and more. similar to the maximization of a ship’s cabin, the design uses the raised elevation of the new floor to conceal storage and a foam seat under trap doors. this recessed 2 meter long seat changes the point of view while providing a space to read, draw, take a nap, dream and conceive new ideas. for meetings, a large whiteboard provides an impromptu brainstorming surface within arms reach.

bold design: new office on the roof the office from the terrace image © marie guerre 

bold design: new office on the roof workstations image © marie guerre

bold design: new office on the roof to accommodate collaborators or create a micro-meeting area, an extra folding desk was installed image © marie guerre 

bold design: new office on the roof2m long seat hidden under trap doorimage © marie guerre

bold design: new office on the roof 2m long seat hidden under trap doors image © marie guerre 

bold design: new office on the roof

whiteboard + bright object image © marie guerre 

bold design: new office on the roof blown shapes collection + lotte stekelenburg picture of the vases image © marie guerre

bold design: new office on the roof perspective views image © bold-design 

bold design: new office on the roof making of the office image © bold-design 

bold design: new office on the roof

making of the office image © bold-design



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  • J’aime. C’est un projet intelligent.

    Alex says:
  • abosolutely terrific! i’d hire these guys if i wasn’t in the same game 🙂

    jed_ says:
  • 170m ? Looks More like 17m to me

    Mike says:
  • @Mike : actually, 170sq m is a part of the terrace. The office is more like 17sq m, you’re right.

    bold-design says:
  • Absolutely nice, very functional space and if you want to take some extra fresh air, you have 153m2. of terrace!!!
    P.S. also efficient for the rent price!

    GIAR says:
  • Very nice office but you have the opportunity to put plants on roof terrace beside the office.

    Moniruzzaman Mondal says:
  • why only french people don’t comment in english…

    maciste says:
  • Bravo! et on reconnaît la patte d’alex pour le graphic wall! 😉 me trompe-je?

    Marlo says:
  • I don’t seat the point of this seat under the ground? conceptual but i guess you’ll prefer to seat on the ground

    urB says:
  • very interesting.good work says:
  • it’s a little smart, my compliments

    myface says:
  • this is so ordinary .. what is all the???
    just a little room with a little organising.
    don’t mean to be mean but????

    pete says:
  • I’m always looking at these little boxes on top of buildings and imagining them as studies… nice to see it being done. Brilliant ! It must be a pleasure to work there.

    finlay Cowan says:
  • I would comment in French if I could…

    Dan says:
  • Moi aussi…

    Pessoa says:
  • Wi. hahahaha. there you go, that’s as much french as I could get. kidding aside, this space is brilliant, those seats are space savers, though it doesn’t look that comfortable to me. Good stuff though. well done!

    Drei says:
  • OK, practical use of space..but what about bodily functions? I see the stowage, what about the sewage?

    nelliej says:
  • it’s a white room with some shelves for god’s sake.
    a fold down ikea type table … where do you people work?????? it can’t be that bad

    pete says:
  • Haha

    Will says:
  • comparing before with after ……. i think it’s a very useful and creative project, good job guys, bravo!!!!

    asiah says:
  • Good luck these coming months guys, freezing cold always helps to keep your head cool during the creative proces 😉

    Manolo says:
  • Good work!

    V.E says:

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