Colours Prismatic Flooring
Location: Montreal, Canada
Montreal based architect Jean Verville Architecte has developed Prismatic Colours, a loft in downtown Montreal that houses works of contemporary art and design, an homage to the architectural creativity. The architect has designed this unusual procedure that, despite the bright colours of the surfaces, sometimes offers calm and quite through the use of white.
To satisfy a client who wants his home life to stimulate creativity and lead him to explore new avenues of work, Verville offers an environment that distils the essence of its owner. Using minimal interventions and simple materials, the architect awakens the senses and blurs the perception of the space.
With five coloured pencils in the client’s favourite shades, Verville sketched on white paper what was to be the background 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 help to offer 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 on 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. Throughout, the large, the small, and the tiny rub shoulders, accentuating contrasts of scale. The PVC floor has insertions of coloured vinyl and a glossy epoxy coating, and the palette of paint shades is custom formulated 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