This Paris property is modest at first glance. Still, it has an excellent pedigree, designed by maverick prefab engineer Jean Prouvé and architect Lionel Mirabaud, with common areas by artist Noël Emile Laurent.
The Square Mozart building was completed in Paris’ Porte de la Muette-Passy district in 1954. It was widely published at the time for its innovative prefab design, which was enjoying resurging interest in a post-war Europe still rebuilding after the devastation of World War II.
Prouvé applied his prefab mastery to a luxury apartment complex. The robust building comprises two asymmetrical wings built in reinforced concrete, evocative of the brutalist works of Erno Goldfinger. Factory-made prefabricated aluminium panels form a ‘curtain’ on the facade, operating as a ventilation system for the building. The building’s wings are connected by a central vertical circulation column, with apartments on each floor ranging from one to four bedrooms.
This third-floor apartment faces south and spans approximately 1265 sq ft, with rooms organised in a long row. The entrance opens onto the rectangular living room and dining room, with a wall of windows, and the kitchen and utilities beyond. Three bedrooms are located at the end of the plan.
Much of the building’s original 1950s character is intact, as seen by its striking geometric canopy, which shelters the entranceway. Painter Noël Emile Laurent designed the gardens and common areas of the building, adopting a graphic style that was popular in the 1950s.
Architecture de Collection is listing the Paris property for €1.45m.
Jardin du Ranelagh and the Bois de Boulogne are within walking distance, and the Passy district is home to many notable museums, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.