Arch Daily · Sep 17, 2016

Duplex in Marseille / T3 Architecture

© David Giancatarina

  • Architects: T3 Architecture
  • Location: Marseille, France
  • Architect In Charge: Luc Lacortiglia, Christophe Pinero
  • Area: 100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: David Giancatarina
  • Collaborators: Anaïs Giraud, Cindy Lostys
© David Giancatarina

Complete refurbishment of this duplex in the center of Marseille. The existing flat suffered from a significant lack of light and its main rooms were constrained by the central staircase.

© David Giancatarina

The architects completely released the heart of the apartment by removing the stairs and most of the partitions. The entrance of the flat now enjoys a generous double height volume that offers a visual communication between the different spaces of the two storeys.


Glass floors and railings complement the effect of volume and allow a large penetration of daylight in the very center of the flat. In addition, a concrete wall reaffirms the verticality of the central volume and support the minimal metallic staircase.

© David Giancatarina

The impressive traditional plaster ceiling in the main bedroom has been renovated and is a strong component that gives the flat its character. In order to make it visible from the livings rooms, the architects added a narrow glazed opening on the upper part of the concrete wall.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

A small bathroom was added on the upper floor next to the second bedroom. Its triangle shaped leaves a free area that hosts a lounge space. This space is closed by a thin metallic glass partition that allows light to reach the entrance of the flat.

© David Giancatarina

The living room and the kitchen are located at the bottom level and enjoy openings on the terrace and garden.

© David Giancatarina
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