Late Designer Kenzō Takada’s One-of-a-Kind, Japanese-Inspired Paris Villa Hits the Market
When you think of homes in Paris, ornate moldings and grandiose rooms may come to mind. But, that’s not what you’ll find at the famed, one-of-a-kind villa of Kenzō Takada. The late Paris-based fashion designer built the harmonious masterpiece over seven years, completing it in 1993. He brought an authentic Japanese house and garden to life right in Paris’s trendy Bastille district, while also infusing nods to other styles. Now, in a rare occurrence, Kenzo House has hit the market with the price available upon request.
Clean lines, warm wood, ample glass, and zen landscaping define the four-story residence, which cannot be compared to anything else in the city. “Kenzo House is without rival in Paris,” listing agent Marie-Hélène Lundgreen of Belles demeures de France says. “Built 35 years ago by Kenzo Takada and masterfully updated for the 21st century by architect Kengo Kuma, it is a world apart.”
The 2018 renovation the listing agent speaks of refined the initial concept. Like Kenzo’s iconic clothing designs, the home he devised presented an artful meeting of many elements. Here, East and West, culture and art, texture and color, and light and form mingle while also considering nature’s role carefully. Kuma, an architect known for huge projects such as Japan National Stadium, focused on expanding the home’s transparency–a signature element of Japanese architecture.
Giving the layout a major revamp, Kuma rearranged everything with views of the peaceful garden in mind. Featuring a stone-studded pond with nishiki carp, landscaped terraces, and plants from cherry and maple trees to moss and bamboo, the eye never stops wandering yet instantly slips into tranquility. The architect also punched up the natural materials. Much like sewing together a fashion piece, Kuma weaved cedar shingles, teak, and clay onto the facade while freshening up the interiors with French oak.
While sleek in its design, the home maximizes space. You can fully utilize its 13,778 square feet of interiors, including four bedrooms, three studio apartments for staff, two kitchens, two reception rooms, a music room, a wine cellar, and more. Intrigued by French and Japanese culture and design? The best of both worlds exists here.