Architect: Jean Verville Architecte, Montreal, Canada
Location: Montreal, Canada
Montreal-based architect Jean Verville Architecte has unveiled Prismatic Colours, a loft in downtown Montreal that houses works of contemporary art and design.
The new loft is an homage to architectural creativity. It overcomes the limits of contemporary design practices by using bright colours for the surfaces whilst taking advantage of white’s relaxing virtues.
In order to please clients expecting their home life to stimulate their creativity and lead them to explore new avenues, Verville proposes an environment that distils the essence of its owner. With minimal interventions and simple materials, the architect awakens the senses and blurs our perception of space.
With five-coloured pencils in the client’s favourite shades, Verville sketched on white paper what was due to be the backbone of the project. He designed an open dwelling that would host the client’s large collection of artworks and created storage solutions so that the owner can rotate the pieces on display, engaging in a process of constant renewal of the space.
The interventions performed at the architectural level modify the usual domestic proportions and lead to an extraordinary experience. Whether they are white, coloured, or panelled with mirrors, the cabinets structure the space of the loft. They multiply perspectives and add to the overall reflectiveness of the shiny PVC floor to offer a multiplied space.
The all-yellow sleeping space also contains concealed storage chests and becomes a multipurpose sculptural space. The large, small, and tiny rub shoulders accentuate contrasts of scale. The PVC floor features inserts of coloured vinyl and a glossy epoxy coating, and the palette of paint shades can be customised and applied with unique blends prepared by an artist.
Ultimately, the project is an experiment in housing that presents a fertile mixture of architecture, art, and design.
Technical info: PVC flooring
Picture credits: Jean Verville Architecte