‘appartement spectral’ by betillon / dorval-bory, levallois, france

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a renovation of a small parisian studio apartment focuses on a the relationship of different light qualities within the space, employing

binary sources of artificial illumination. french firm betillon / dorval-bory used an incisive, scientific approach to light within the

built form, using a range of indices to evaluate specific moments of color and spectral distribution. of particular use was the color

rendering index (CRI), a fundamental criteria for evaluating light that assesses the homogeneity of color rendering with respect to

spectral power distribution (SPD.) a low CRI range, for example, results in a loss of color range. given the technical considerations of

the project, lighting with alternately low or high CRI is composed according to the program– the kitchen and living room required

color distinguishing illumination, while the bed and shower merely require monochromatic light. the bipolarity of the light quality

helps shape the space, instead dictating use, circulation and paths of movement free of a plan and following the logic of composition

generated by light. 

 

 

 

betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

light with a low CRI number is used in the bedroom area

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

daylit, open plan space 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

using the intangible to create space yields unexpected uses of the architecture

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

warm and cool are parsed out in the built form 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

the architects strove to make interiors as neutral as possible, so as to allow the binary system to create a logical composition

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

clever use of under-stair space 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

view of the sink through the steps

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

shower view 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

shower view with the monochrome light 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

the effect disallows the perception of color 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

while light with a higher CRI number is optimal for color perception

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

the warm light is emitted from some low pressure sodium lamps with zero CRI 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

same space with the other illumination typology 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

the movement of architectural planes changes throughout the day 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

the removation is a total intellectual work that manifests itself in architecture

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

when construction began 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

relationship of the shower and stair 

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betillon / dorval bory: appartement spectral, paris

two spectrums, two bulbs 

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