Tiny Paris apartment is "a composition generated by light."

appartement spectral
© Betillon Dorval-Bory

Designboom shows the Apppartment Spectral, a tiny Paris apartment by Raphaël Bétillon and Nicolas Dorval‐Bory that is all about light. In architectese, the designers tell Designboom:

The kitchen and living room required color distinguishing illumination, while the bed and shower merely require monochromatic light. the bipolarity of the light qualityhelps shape the space, instead dictating use, circulation and paths of movement free of a plan and following the logic of composition generated by light.

I love the wall of mercury-laden fluorescent bulbs; this would be the perfect place to lock up Michele Bachmann and the CFL-bashers.

Low pressure sodium bulbs are an unusual choice for a bathroom; these have fallen out of favour. They were once used as street lighting but the police hated them because everything was monochromatic and you couldn't distinguish the colour of cars. It would be tough to get dressed or do makeup when everything looks grey.

UPDATE: Arch daily has a much longer submission from the architects, where they explain that this monochromatic character of low pressure sodium is a feature, not a bug. They want us to see in shades of grey.

At night, along a road, we believe we can discern red from blue, but it is physically impossible with LPS light. A photo taken with such a light is monochromatic and necessarily, so to say, in black and white. Furthermore, for humans this wavelength is particularly suited to night vision, since the wavelengths around the blue (totally absent from LPS) induces a contraction of the pupil, limiting the amount of light perceived by the eye. After a few seconds of retina adaptation, the human brain rebalances the perceived color to produce a virtual spectrum, giving an impression of the scene as close as possible to objective reality. Now with LPS lighting, the brain has no other color to produce the virtual spectrum, so it literally produces a grayscale image.

The very slim cantilevered stair treads (up from the counter) are elegant, although walking on kitchen counters doesn't seem like the best idea. But it is economical; in his Tattoo House, Andrew Maynard did it to save money and space.

Lots more photos at Designboom and ArchDaily

Tiny Paris apartment is "a composition generated by light."
Don't like fluorescent light? Turn on the sodium for a monochromatic experience.

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