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© Félix Michaud


Year(s) of construction: 2021 Photo credits: Félix Michaud, photographer Area: 3000 m2 Client : Les Entreprises d’électricité E.G. Ltée 1050, rue de l’Industrie, Saint-Jérôme, Québec, Canada -Vincent Drapeau -Samuel G. Labelle Team studio Jean Verville architects: Jean Verville, architect(lead architect) Tania Paula Garza Rico, architect (studio director) France Goneau (artistic advisor) Rémi St-Pierre, architect Samuel Landry, MA architecture Camille Asselin, MA architecture Jacob Éthier, MA architecture candidate Bahia Burias, MA architecture candidate Contractor: Ross Commodari, eng. and project manager (C.A.L. construction) Digital Collages: Jean Verville + studio


Addressing the fictional potential of architectural space, the EG project is part of an actual hybridization between architecture and installation intervention. Fascinated by the photographic worlds illustrating the eclectic production of Jean Verville, clients, eager for unusual creative experiences, adopt the playful approach of the architect with passion, rigor, and sensitivity. The result is an architecture that is both functional and aesthetic, offering a minimalist and playful experience distinctive of the work of Studio Jean Verville architectes.

Prioritizing an architectural intervention with an assumed scenography, and falling within a strategy of minimizing its environmental impact, the project proposes the rehabilitation of a disused industrial building from the 1980s in order to establish the head office of Les Entreprises d’électricité E.G. Ltée, founded in 1951. By deploying 250 stainless steel strut channels, an imposing architectural device organizes distances and proximities, circulations, and groupings. These metal profiles, common in the electrical field, are used to fix the partitions, to support the furniture, and to camouflage all of the wiring. This profusion of elements composes an irregular frame that marks the space with vertical lines structuring the spatial delimitations. The industrial character, offered by the raw surfaces of the concrete, the shine of the stainless steel, and the translucent partitions unifying in an entity energized by accents of orange color, loads the space with an aesthetic cohesion emphasizing the re-interpretation of the open-plan office concept. Both minimalist and expressive, EG offers an environment indulgent of accumulation and excess to stimulate the participatory experience that is part of the daily life of its users.