Now That's How You Double Your Square Footage

Now That's How You Double Your Square Footage

By Stephen Heyman / Photos by Joakim Blockstrom
In the suburbs of Paris, an architect with an eco-friendly practice doesn’t let tradition stand in the way of innovation.

Les Lilas, a leafy, sleepy suburb on the eastern fringe of Paris, is an identifiable part of the city’s skyline thanks only to Claude Vasconi’s giant mushroom-shaped TDF television tower. On a narrow block lined with anonymous apartment buildings and small brick homes stands another modern addition to the banlieue: a cedar house that appears to be growing happily out of a squat box of gray concrete.

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