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Nicolas Grenier

http://www.nicolasgrenier.com

417, Wall St, Los Angeles, United States of America
Nicolas Grenier (b. 1982) is a visual artist based in Montreal and Los Angeles. In his work, he uses design, shapes and colors to translate social and philosophical problems into visual systems and structures. He has exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe, including at the Montreal Biennale ("L'avenir: Looking Forward") and the Bruges Triennale of Art and Architecture.

Vertically Integrated Socialism


A housing concept that embodies the idea of social integration in a free-market economy

Vertically Integrated Socialism


A housing concept that embodies the idea of social integration in a free-market economy
A work of anticipation that questions the notion of inclusivity in a neoliberal context.

Vertically Integrated Socialism explores the potential of architecture to envision social and economic processes in a given environment—namely, vulnerable populations in a fast moving free-market economy.

The concept takes the form of a multi-storey apartment building that houses the entire socio-economic pyramid. The stratified architecture of the building combines socialism at its base, which offers free housing to vulnerable populations, with an increasingly competitive free-market economy on the levels above it. At each strata, the number of apartments is divided by four and their size multiplied by four or more, culmitating with a single five-storeys penthouse on the top. At the center of the building is a vertical void that offers all residents a perspective onto the other levels, all the way to the ground below and to the sky above. The project includes a 45 min audiovisual presentation that explains the economic system of the building while following the story of a resident.



View of the building (still image from video)

View inside one apartment from the lowest level (still image from video)

View inside the top penthouse (still image from video)

Celebrity guests partying near the pool on the top penthouse (still image from video)

View of the void as seen from the top penthouse (still image from video)

Vertically Integrated Socialism


A housing concept that embodies the idea of social integration in a free-market economy

Vertically Integrated Socialism


A housing concept that embodies the idea of social integration in a free-market economy
A work of anticipation that questions the notion of inclusivity in a neoliberal context.

Vertically Integrated Socialism explores the potential of architecture to envision social and economic processes in a given environment—namely, vulnerable populations in a fast moving free-market economy.

The concept takes the form of a multi-storey apartment building that houses the entire socio-economic pyramid. The stratified architecture of the building combines socialism at its base, which offers free housing to vulnerable populations, with an increasingly competitive free-market economy on the levels above it. At each strata, the number of apartments is divided by four and their size multiplied by four or more, culmitating with a single five-storeys penthouse on the top. At the center of the building is a vertical void that offers all residents a perspective onto the other levels, all the way to the ground below and to the sky above. The project includes a 45 min audiovisual presentation that explains the economic system of the building while following the story of a resident.



View of the building (still image from video)

View inside one apartment from the lowest level (still image from video)

View inside the top penthouse (still image from video)

Celebrity guests partying near the pool on the top penthouse (still image from video)

View of the void as seen from the top penthouse (still image from video)


Idea by

Nicolas Grenier
417, Wall St
Los Angeles
United States of America
Nicolas Grenier (b. 1982) is a visual artist based in Montreal and Los Angeles. In his work, he uses design, shapes and colors to translate social and philosophical problems into visual systems and structures. He has exhibited in Canada, the US and Europe, including at the Montreal Biennale ("L'avenir: Looking Forward") and the Bruges Triennale of Art and Architecture.