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.
Condo Canal Lachine in Quebec, Canada by C3 Studio
March 7th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: C3 Studio
c3studio’s interior architecture design for Condo Canal Lachine in Montréal (Québec, Canada) won top honors in the residential/kitchen category in the annual Quebec competition Grands Prix du Design in 2011. Beyond its apparent simplicity, the interior space of the residence reveals a visual personality that evokes a monolithic sculpture rather than simply a living space.
A light space
And yet, Painchaud has given each area its own identity by playing on architectural elements and materials. A parallelepiped-shaped dropped ceiling visually defines the space of the kitchen and dining room. The lacquered laminate surfaces energize the kitchen by creating plays of light and perspectives. A glass panel isolates the entranceway, defined by a hot-rolled-steel floor. On the other hand, to preserve the unity of the space as a while, a light wood floor is used throughout, including in the kitchen.
Sculptural interior architecture
This visual approach to the space is particularly well illustrated in the kitchen. By composing this room simply around two symmetrical volumes, “hollowed out” to accommodate counters and appliances, Painchaud gives the illusion of a monolithic sculpture excavated from an enormous block of raw material. To reinforce this illusion, the designer has ensured the purity of the lines of this “cut-out” monolith by hiding all the storage in customized cabinets and integrating the appliances and equipment (sink, cooktop, recessed lighting, and so on) into the different surfaces.
Painchaud favours pure lines, simplicity, and functionality in a space. With simple gestures, he humanizes a space, making it more open, lighter, and more pleasant to live in. He also likes to minimize colour variations and uses different materials – concrete, steel, glass, and wood – to design and define the space, without encumbering it.
With this approach, Painchaud has developed an original creative language. Articulated around a global vision of the space (combining interior architecture and furniture design) and the use of simple geometric forms (for both furniture and architecture), this language can be defined as “architecture of excavation.” Painchaud “places” his parallelepiped-shaped blocks to structure his space: a kitchen, a bathroom, a living room, and so on. Then, he “excavates” them to create a counter, a kitchen appliance, a dropped ceiling, and other elements. The space is no longer a void circumscribed by walls and furniture; it becomes material, excavated material, impalpable but alive.
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