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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.

Dance Floor in Montréal, Canada by Jean Verville architecte

 
August 2nd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: v2com

Architect Jean Verville wins coveted Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ invited competition for the development of Museum Avenue. During summer 2016, his elegant installation DANCE FLOOR offers a lively landscape animated by an exuberant trompe-l’oeil. With Verville’s proposal the participants experiment movement, both free and structured by the course, to surrender to the pleasure of an impulsive action or casual wandering. Welcoming varied and unforgettable performances, DANCE FLOOR shines a new dynamism to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ area.

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

  • Architects: Jean Verville architecte
  • Project: Dance Floor
  • Location: Montréal, Canada
  • Photography: Maxime Brouillet and François Bodlet
  • Client: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
  • Superficy: 3000 square feet
  • Year of conception: 2015
  • Year of construction: 2016

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

With paving made of more than 5,000 footprints, DANCE FLOOR installation composed a stunning mosaic reminiscent of hammered gold, nod to the theme of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition Pompeii. The gesture, of an equally unexpected as sensational simplicity, traces some chaos proper to crowd and invite passersby to improvise steps on this huge dancing floor. Shaping a new urban intersection, architect Jean Verville transforms the pedestrian street into a giant interactive activity enlivening downtown Montreal with formidable improvised dances, while encouraging the visitor to build its customized tour within the works of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Sculpture Garden.

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

The architect

The practice of Jean Verville is on the fringe of mainstream architecture. For each proposal, architecture, design, museum installation or object, the architect uses the architectural promenade as material to develop the spatial qualities of his experiments. In addition to its award-winning practice and his significant international publications Jean Verville continues his investigations on architectural design process through a PhD at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © François Bodlet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

Image Courtesy © Maxime Brouillet

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