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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Loft 3108 in Arve, France by Dumdum Design

June 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Dumdum Design

Loft 3108 adventure started on the web (viadeo) thanks to an advert : ” I’m ready to buy a workshop  and would like to change it into a loft. I look for somebody to help me in this project, just to confirm my choice or give another proposition and imagine what the factory could become after rehabilitation. “Greetings M

Loft 3108, Interior View

  • Architects: Dumdum Design
  • Project: Loft 3108
  • Location: Arve, France
  • Software used: Vectorworks and Sketchup + Vray

Interior View

Our settlement in Morocco is new ( end of 2008 ). Most of our customers are Moroccan and French (hotels, restaurants, concept stores, offices, private customers). The loft is an order of an atypical, young and fascinated customer who let himself be carried by the project and gave us an almost free hand. Drawing the loft was a real draft of freedom, and we used all our energy and envy in this 100% dumdum.

The work. Rehabilitation of an older turning workshop in Thyez in (Haute-Savoie – FRANCE)  .Surface area 340 m2 after works. Budget : inside works + furniture 150 000 euros/HT (included the technical batches). Project study 3 months – works 10 months.

Dumdum Design

Situation  of the project. The valley of the Arve, where the river  Arve flows out is an intra-alpine valley in Haute-Savoie (France) and  Switzerland. It abounds in specialized industries in the field of turning machine (65% in France) or flight mechanics. Gradually firms close leaving  a large number of disused buildings in the valley. These abandoned workshops sadden streets and look out of place in the Savoyard landscape . A rehabilitation would allow to re-revitalize this area.

LOFT 3108

Customer program.

-A large living space with kitchen, dining-room, lounge, and multimedia lounge.
-A child bedroom.
-2 guest bedrooms.
-A guest bathroom.
-A study (convertible sleeping)
-cellar, laundry.

Dumdum Design

The project.

Our background in interior architecture and design taught us to grasp the space and the object as a set. We fall in the project with the eye of the architect and use the inventiveness, the concern of the detail of the designer. As the structure and the roof  were in good condition, we had a good working base. Our goal was to rehabilitate the workshop without adulterating it and protecting a track of its past. Keeping its identity, without changing the existing openings, could avoid us long and uncertain administrative procedures.


In spite of a limited budget but much simplicity and inventiveness in the drawing, internet for the major part of prescriptions and a super local joiner (François Caumont-L’Atelier du château), we could complete the project successfully.

Lighting, Dumdum Design

To join perfect harmony with the environment and the local style, we reinterpreted the codes of traditional Savoyard architecture Work with local materials (ecological) as the larch, the slate and the black granite taking them out of usual clichés of the local chalet.

Interior View

Our customer wanted a large opened and bright space. He would like to stroll at home, settle in different spaces and take advantages of perspectives offered by the place…M. told us ” I love my home because people who come here for the first time feel immediately comfortable”

LOFT 3108

Spaces are organized according to the sun cycle (bedrooms in the East, living spaces in the West/South).We conceived the space like a graphic architectural walk. The space staged by the light brings a succession of  day and night sensations .In the day, large mesh curtains (Nya nordiska) in the main space filter the light, giving this sweet sensation to be in a cloud. At night, they are lit and the loft dons itself finest attire of lights.

LOFT 3108

The large poster (Dolls by PetOrly) is a sliding frame which can come and hide a bay window (South terrace) and filter the light. Visible from different spaces, the multimedia lounge was a great pleasure to conceive and enjoyed us: thought like a child hut in the middle of the lounge like a kind of moucharabieh bookcase. This special room in the space puzzles the visitor with exterior lining in mirror which breaks the volume. Once inside, the mirror becomes a white surface to highlight the idea “cocooning snow”. The volcano in staff (wink at Oscar Niemeyer) situated above the lounge is also lit  when the night has come, giving to this hut a peculiar atmosphere  (imagine science fiction).

Dining Table

The main bedroom has been thought like a hotel suite with a large dressing-room and its bathroom opened in the bedroom. Larch and slate are still present in a spirit of coherence.

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