Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions

Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions

The wooden structure stands proud in the middle of this residential district in the 19th arrondissement. An urbanist and architect, Pia Leweller worked with the JAVA architectural practice to bring her first creation to life. Just like her neighbourhood, where a wide variety of atmospheres and contrasting urban scales come together, this young woman enjoys mixing different ambiances. From the wilfully austere, thanks to the use of rough concrete. Yet this comes with a soft edge through the use of natural materials and objects with polished shapes. Continuously bathed in a generous light, the different spaces enjoy an ongoing dialogue. Everything is perfectly transparent. It’s impossible not to feel a certain frisson when you see the delicate dividers of Pia Leweller’s home slide open. As if it were a new show each time. In front of our eyes, an artist’s studio is unveiled with the paint still drying. A garden. And then a living room where absolute calm is the order of the day. You breathe out, faced with a ceiling height that makes your head spin. We’re not used to spaces like these, and our minds wander as we make our way along the stairs that conclude our all-too-brief visit. A return to reality and the scents of spring on the bracing air of the surrounding parks.

Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions
Salle à manger Maison Pia Leweller
Salle à manger Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Atelier Maison Pia Leweller
Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions

Pia, who are you? Can you introduce yourself?

Pia

I grew up in Bobigny in the Paris suburbs with my three brothers and my sister. I am 35 years old, an architect and urban planner. I live in this house which I imagined and designed with Florian Levy, the founder of the architecture agency JAVA architects who specialise in Parisian loft extension projects.

How did you design your house? What were your inspirations at the time you were designing it?

Pia

This house is a first work, it was first conceived in a moment of great joy and it ended in pain. So something is happening everywhere. The partitions slide, there are many translucent effects, and all the rooms are very different. There are also places that are quite austere and calm. The cellar for example, with its rough concrete walls and its semi-darkness. There were a great many sources of inspiration for its design. In particular, I thought of the great masters of architecture and design in the modern movement, travel and reading. Victor Horta’s house in Brussels also Sir John Soane’s in London are exceptional places to visit. They offer a wide variety of spaces where memories and feelings can be projected.

Was minimalism a choice from the beginning?

Pia

I don’t think the house itself is minimal. But at one point we had to calm down the playfulness and emphasise the fluid to space: we did want not to disturb the quality of the light in the rooms.

Terrasse Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Lampe Noguchi Maison Pia Leweller
Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions
Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions
Pia Leweller, Conveying Emotions
Chambre Maison Pia Leweller
Chambre Maison Pia Leweller
Chambre Escalier Maison Pia Leweller

How did you choose the few pieces of furniture it contains?

Pia

Above all, it was a case of searching out functionality that would answer the greatest possible number of needs with the least expenditure of energy. I am quite sensitive to touch, and you need soft objects, polished, and of course beautiful natural materials which are regular and imperfect.

Is there one person who inspired you to do what you do today?

Pia

Contemporary Vietnamese architecture is today something very inspiring to follow. Young architects there completely revamp traditional styles while preserving their characteristics. There is an enormous amount of imagination, and some beautiful twists on the use of materials such as bamboo or earth.

If you had to define your style, what would it be?

Pia

Volcanic island style.

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Salon Étagère bois Maison Pia Leweller
Atelier Maison Pia Leweller
Cuisine Placard bois Maison Pia Leweller
Salle à manger Maison Pia Leweller

Why did you choose the 19th arrondissement of Paris?

Pia

The 19th arrondissement is a peripheral sector of historic Paris. It is a suburban district that has become urbanised but in a disorderly way. There is a vast diversity of styles, and different urban scales coexist. The architecture is more or less ordered: there are courtyards, villas and wonderful little passageways. These are configurations rarely offered in Hausmannian Paris. Even if the urban landscape has a tendency towards becoming strongly homogenised, the urban fabric of the 19th century remains flexible. It still offers opportunities for change and renewal. But this heritage is fragile, we must appreciate and recognise it. It is also a very pleasant district to live in, with magnificent parks, and fresh air up on the hill.

Can you tell us about some of your favourite businesses in this area?

Pia

For buying coffee: La Brûlerie de Jourdain. For buying flowers: Monsieur K au Jardin. For dinner: Le Cadoret, Le Baratin ou La Cave de Belleville. For a drink: Combat. For a spectacular view: the Parc de Belleville. For window shopping: the Rue de la Villette. And of course to get some fresh air: the Parc des Buttes Chaumont.

Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Salon Maison Pia Leweller
Cuisine Maison Pia Leweller
Extérieur vue Maison Pia Leweller
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Absolutely love this feature on Pia. Wonderful. So expressive in her design work. Thanks for sharing here. :)

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