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Architect Jean-Maxime Labrecque’s award-winning Infinite Buildings project demonstrates how a creative idea can transform leftover areas into spaces that are both visually stunning and poetic. The architect first explored this concept in 2011 when he was asked to rethink fitting rooms of a clothing boutique he had designed a few years earlier.
All six interior faces of the tiny fitting rooms (1.2m x 1.2m x 2.1m) were covered with mirrors, generating mises en abîme in every direction and giving the customers the impression of stepping into an infinite multi-storey building, devoid of any horizontal boundaries. This project, named Infinity in Isolation, was to serve as the inspiration for Jean-Maxime Labrecque’s more recent project, based on similar principles and starting from the same ceiling height, but covering a surface twelve times greater.
This most recent project is an art installation covering an entire lower floor of a building. For the architect, the reconfiguration of this space, with its barely two-meter high ceilings, became a challenge, as the building’s existing structure could not be altered.
Two installations were proposed. One takes the form of a narrow corridor and the other is set inside a square room measuring 4m x 4m. The project simply consists in covering certain surfaces with standard mirrors to make the limits of reality disappear.
The first of the two Buildings Inside Buildings is located in a narrow basement corridor. It gives the impression of a building suddenly rising and falling towards infinity. This trompe-l'oeil effect is generated by the reflections of mirrors covering the floor and ceiling. The left wall along the itinerary is defined by a long series of black cabinet doors that are endlessly reflected by the mirrors towards the depths of the ground and the heights of the sky. Following this path leads to an intriguing aluminum monolith.
The second Buildings Inside Buildings is located in the metallic volume and can be accessed from the corridor.
The entirety of its interior surfaces—walls, floor and ceiling—is covered with mirrors. By positioning a camera on a tripod in the entrance of the monolith, it is possible to take photographs that give a sense of infinite facades. Conceptually, the generic individual seen on the pictures is standing by the window of his unit located on the Xth floor of the Infinite Building.
An important point to note is that the photos presented here have not been edited in any way.