A 19th-Century Paris Apartment Building Gets a Refined Addition With a Rooftop Garden

The new elevation by local firm Rotunno Justman comprises two 645-square-foot units that harmonize with the existing structure and evoke a sense of nature for the residents.

An unassuming apartment building in Paris’s sprawling 15th Arrondissement hides a secret: a terraced rooftop garden with undulating plant beds that run down two levels like a pastoral hillside. From here, you can hear the faint hum of everyday sounds of the city—moving traffic and pedestrian voices—along with the buzz of bees and other bits of wildlife taking refuge in the urban greenery.

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