The Inhabitable Sculpture

by Jean-Maxime Labrecque
The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque

The “inhabitable sculpture” project, which received two awards at the Grands prix du design 2011, is the result of four years of work executed by numerous fabrication and installation teams. Two premises were established by the client at the beginning of the project: “a space that people will find cold” and “living in an art gallery.” All designers hope, sooner or later, to obtain such a commission, which enables them to avoid subjecting their work to the obvious sacrosanct “warmth” obtained through wood.
In response to the owner’s request, the space was emptied of what the developers of the housing project had planned for her small 800-square-foot housing unit. Once the space was reduced to its original industrial concrete walls, floors, and ceilings, a delicate multifunctional sculptural piece of furniture made of raw aluminum, inspired by Donald Judd’s work, was installed. Its combined modules fulfil all of the dwelling’s functions: bed, walk-in closet, bookshelf, sofa, counter, stools, kitchen, and storage.
A special attribute of this complex object is a room within the room generated by a system of suspended sliding doors attached only at the top. The resulting “corridor of arches” gives access to the walk-in closet.
Two other interventions complete the main area’s aluminum functional sculpture. A technical glass block contains appliances, storage, and the water heater, and an old concrete vault houses the bathroom. Although small in size (10′ x 10′), the bathroom is entirely finished in black. The full-height and -width mirrors on one of its walls create a surprising sensation of “absorbed vastness.

Photos by: Frédéric Bouchard

  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque
  • The Inhabitable Sculpture Jean-Maxime Labrecque

Sponsor

Sponsor

  • Eichler Home Renovation

    Eichler Home Renovation

    New open modern kitchen was designed with two parallel 12’ long islands without upper cabinets to achieve open feel. Most of the appliances were built into the adjacent wall.

  • Villa Carlotta Hotel

    Villa Carlotta Hotel

    The architectural project articulates the space in response to various demands: relating with the urban context, dialogging with the various bodies of the building, acting as a fil...

  • Maison MPB

    Maison MPB

    Ralph Germann architectes designed this alpine house for a couple who wished to live in a harmonious environment, but there was a prerequisite that it could also comfortably handle...

  • F House

    F House

    Israeli architectural firm Alroy Hazak Architects has created the F House in Savyon, Israel. Completed in 2008, this 2,799 square foot contemporary house is a steel structure with ...

  • Beautiful Two Sisters Red House

    Beautiful Two Sisters Red..

    Located in Langstini, a district of Riga in Latvia, these two twin homes were designed by Riga-based architectural firm NRJA to accommodate two separate families. The first floor o...

  • Narrabeen House

    Narrabeen House

    To look at it, the Narrabeen House might not seem like your typical home in the suburbs, but in the way it operates, this house is completely suburban. This home is a retreat from ...

  • Bonaire House

    Bonaire House

    Florida-based studio Silberstein Architecture has completed the Bonaire House project. This two-story contemporary residence is located on Bonaire, a Caribbean island part of The N...

  • Crimean Pinecone Lamp

    Crimean Pinecone Lamp

    Crimean Pinecone lamp is a creation of Russian designer Pavel Eekra who works in Moscow and designs lighting, furniture and art objects.

  • Bamboo Courtyard House

    Bamboo Courtyard House

    Shanghai-based architectural firm Harmony World Consulting & Design has designed the Bamboo Courtyard House. Completed in 2012, this 4,306 square foot contemporary office in Yangzh...

  • Clever Unfolding Apartment

    Clever Unfolding Apartmen..

    Bigger than furniture; smaller than architecture. A renovation of a 450 square foot studio in Manhattan. The challenge is to incorporate all of the aspects of a larger space for wo...