2019年，建筑师让·马克西姆·拉布雷克凭借其非凡的“无限建筑”项目赢得了五项设计和建筑大奖。去年10月14日，马克西姆在毕尔巴鄂古根海姆博物馆举办的一个晚会上被授予AMP（建筑大师奖）年度室内设计大奖。而在早些时候，他就已经获得了Azure杂志的AZ奖、魁北克建筑师协会(OAQ)颁发的优秀奖、以及凭借本次项目获得的德国设计奖和“Grand Prix du Design Award”大奖。
In 2019, Architect Jean-Maxime Labrecque was awarded five design and architecture prizes for his singular project, Infinite Buildings. Last October 14, he was presented with the Architecture MasterPrize Interior Design of the Year Award at a gala held in the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. In June, Jean-Maxime Labrecque had already won an Azure Magazine AZ Award at a gala that took place at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works, while earlier in the year, he had received an Excellence Award from the Québec Association of Architects (OAQ), a German Design Award from the German Design Council and a Grand Prix du Design Award for the same work.
▼在铝壳体块内部以及走廊区域共有两个装置，there are two devices inside the aluminum housing block and in the corridor area ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
The prize-winning project, with its surprisingly modest dimensions, demonstrates how a creative idea can transform a leftover area into a space that is at once visually stunning and poetic. The architect first explored this concept in 2011 when he was asked to rethink the 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.
▼整个空间从色彩到选材都贴近“无限”这一主题，the whole space from color to material is close to “infinite” this one theme ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
The project of devoting an entire floor to an art installation was born through conversations between the architect and the art collector clients who had given him the commission of renovating their Montreal residence in 2014. They effectively gave him carte blanche to completely transform the lower floor of the 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.
▼轴测图，axonometric drawing ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
▼视觉错位的效果是由覆盖在地板和天花板上的镜子反射产生的，the effect of visual dislocation is caused by the reflection of mirrors covering the floor and ceiling ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
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.
▼一长串的黑色柜门通过镜子朝地面和天空不断反射，创造出一种上下无垠的空间氛围，a long series of black cabinet doors reflect continuously towards the ground and sky through mirrors, creating an atmosphere of infinite space up and down ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
Square room device
▼位于铝壳体块内部的方形房间装置，device located inside an aluminum housing block ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
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. Let’s note that the photos presented here have not been edited in any way.
▼装置入口处，the entrance of the installation ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
▼整个空间的墙壁、地板和天花板都覆盖着镜子，mirrors cover the walls, floors and ceilings throughout the space ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
▼图片中看到的人就像是站在无限大厦某一层的窗口旁，the person in the picture looks like he’s standing at a window on one floor of the infinity tower ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte
The Infinite Buildings project is the result of patient research work undertook by Jean-Maxime Labrecque in the early 2000s when he was conceiving his first exhibition design project in Portugal. This work would lead him to many more European projects in exhibition design, as for example the Archéoforum in Liège, a subterranean archeological site in Belgium that is still visible today.
▼平面图，plan ©Jean-Maxime Labrecque Architecte