This light-filled house, an hour and a half from Montréal, is literally hanging from a cliff as its name, Dans l’Escarpement, implies in French. It is located on land pertaining to an estate started over a hundred years ago and known for its remarkable landscapes and pristine lakes.
▼住宅鸟瞰图，坐落于茂密的森林中，bird-eye’s view of the house that is located inside a forest environment
In spite of this highly desirable location, this particular piece of land had never been built due to its steep cliff. The clients commissioned the architects to design their house in such a way that it would blend in the hill and cause as little disruption as possible to its surroundings.
▼住宅外观，住宅完美地融入山景，exterior view of the house that blends in the hill
Access to the house is walking down a metallic gangway stretching from a concrete garage near the parking area. As one progresses on the light bridge structure, particularly on a misty day, there is a sensation of going towards a tree house floating in mid-air.
▼住宅外观，一座悬浮的金属吊桥将人们引至住宅的三层入口处，exterior view with a floating metallic gangway leading to the entrance of the house on the upper floor
To keep the house’s imprint on the ground to a minimum, the architects designed the house around two concrete “boxes”, the first one, vertical, and the second one, horizontal. A totally glassed-in volume was anchored to both. The main entrance and the owners’ private suite are on the upper level of the 3-storey volume. One level down, one finds a small office/library area, adjacent to the kitchen dining area. The lowest level of this vertical “box” features a sauna/spa facility. The one-level horizontal “box” was set a few meters away from the first volume. Planned as guest accommodation, it gives direct access to the forest floor and connects to the sauna/spa area from the outside.
▼住宅外观局部，设有室外桑拿和spa空间和露台，partial exterior view of the house with outside sauna/spa area and terrace
▼住宅外观局部，在地面上设置了两个方盒子状的混凝土建筑体量，一个玻璃盒子体量锚固于其上，partial exterior view, a totally glassed-in volume is anchored to two concrete “boxes” on the ground
The intermediate level is the true heart of this house with its windowed walls opening up to the surrounding forest. The living dining area expands outdoors with a terrace built on the roof of the guests’ suite.
▼住宅中间层局部，通过带有窗户的玻璃墙体，室内空间直接对周边的森林开放，partial interior view of the intermediate level with its windowed walls opening up to the surrounding forest
▼透过中间层空间的玻璃墙体看周边的森林，viewing the forest scenery through the glass wall of the intermediate level
The prevailing material used inside is mahogany, selected for its enduring qualities and for its rich hues. In the living dining area, floors, ceilings, beams, window frames and kitchen cabinets are all finished with this rich dark wood recalling the trees just beyond. With light constantly shifting, interiors and exteriors seem to mesh. Keeping within the same color palette, Corten steel was introduced for the fireplace and for outdoor sheathing. Exposed concrete was used extensively on exterior walls; symbolically, it refers to the huge boulders, which are characteristic of the territory.
▼中间层的起居室和餐厅，室内材料以纹理丰富的红木为主，the living dining area on the intermediate level with the mahogany as the prevailing material
▼中间层的餐厅空间，室内外空间相互交融，the dining area on the intermediate level, interiors and exteriors seem to mesh
▼中间层空间局部，partial interior view of the intermediate level
▼室内空间局部，partial interior view
▼住宅夜景外观，坐落在悬崖边上，night view of the house that is hanging from a cliff
▼住宅夜景外观，室内光线从玻璃墙体中透出来，night view of the house with the interior light shining the whole volume at night
Location: Domaine Valdurn, Saint-Faustin-Du-Lac-Carré, Canada
Area: 3,230 sq ft
Construction period: 2015–2017
yh2 Design Team : Marie-Claude Hamelin, Loukas Yiacouvakis, Karl Choquette, Etienne Sédillot
Client : Alain Bélanger
Contractor: Sébastien Turcot
Photographer: Maxime Brouillet