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© special collaboration Studio Jean Verville Architectes + Félix Michaud, photograph


Year(s) of construction: 2020 Use: Creation and living space Number of housings: 2 Number of floors: 3 Area:  147 m2 The house Levels: 3 Area: 115m2 Number of bedrooms: 4 The studio  Level: 1 Area: 32m2 Team studio Jean Verville architectes Jean Verville, architect Ph.D. art (lead architect) Mani Soleymanlou and Sophie Cadieux (actors, playwriters, and directors) Tania Paula Garza Rico, architect (studio director) France Goneau (artistic advisor) Rémi St-Pierre, architect (technical director) Samuel Landry Camille Asselin Alexandre Meloche Clara Tardif Alex Lamontagne Bahia Burias Contractor: Pierre Aubin Costumes: Elen Ewing Photo credits: special collaboration Studio Jean Verville Architectes + Félix Michaud, photograph


Architect Jean Verville explores a world where architecture, theatricality, and playfulness come together to imagine a hybrid proposal where sensory perceptions are called upon to transgress the limits of three-dimensional form, and where living spaces seem freed from their reality.

Throughout the process, the clients - creators and actors Sophie Cadieux and Mani Soleymanlou - through their creativity, their mastery of the collaborative dimension inseparable from theatrical work, and their talent for improvisation, adopt the architect's playful approach with passion, rigor, and sensitivity. Assisted by his accomplice, architect Tania Paula Garza Rico, director of his eponymous studio, Verville creates whimsical staging, incorporating the presence of creature allegories. In front of the photographer’s lens, the architects and their clients engage in this exercise with enthusiasm, humor, and unpredictability. With this raw material, Verville performs digital manipulation to produce images that raise questions about the illusory banality of habitability.

Adopting the creative universes of its occupants, their personalities, and their particular needs as the narrative scheme, the MSO project consists of a complete volumetric reconfiguration, making it possible to generate an artistic creation as well as a living space adapted to the daily reality of the two artists and their son. Inside a narrow house, located in a Montreal residential neighborhood, a scenographic promenade unfolds to the full height of the building.

Having to meet the needs of family life, but also subtracting them at times in order to create a work environment that strengthens concentration and creativity, the spatial reorganization conceals the functions in a succession of ordered volumes completed by ten scenic pauses. The central space, pierced by an openwork steel structure extending over twelve meters in height, abolishes the original hierarchy in a dynamic segmentation, while the monochrome of greige tones unites the whole into a monolithic entity.