The project is located on a steep lot on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, not far from the Franciscan monks’ abbey in St-Benoit-du-Lac. The clients wish to create on this large wooded lot, a living space that reflects their image: dynamic, welcoming and friendly. They see their home as a contemporary and warm place for meetings with friends.
▼项目概览，general view © Adrien Williams
▼草图和场地平面，sketch & site plan © _naturehumaine
Access to the land is overhanging the house by a path going down to the lake. This bird’s eye view gives visual importance to the geometry of the roof. The chalet is composed of three volumes topped by sculptural roofs with diagonal ridge. At each high point of the ridge, a polygonal skylight culminates, designed by the geometry of the roof. These south-facing skylights provide natural light to the living spaces open to the lake to the north.
▼庭院俯瞰，overlook to the courtyard © Adrien Williams
▼建筑外观，exterior view © Adrien Williams
The house is inspired by the architectural principles applied to churches; large volumes with vertical proportions lit by zenithal light. The expansion of the St-Benoît Abbey, designed by Dan Hanganu using grey stone and rough steel, was a source of inspiration for the attention to detail.
▼工作室所在的体量立面，workshop volume facade © Adrien Williams
Monochromatic, the envelope of the three volumes of the upper floor is made of pre-aged wood siding topped by stainless steel roofs. A raw and durable material to which the patina of time will give a matte and uniform appearance. It dresses all the roof elements in order to harmonize the whole. From the lake, the corten steel base, with its tones of rust and brown, blends in with the roughness of the hemlocks, giving the impression that the house is floating.
▼耐候钢材质的基座与周围铁杉树的粗糙肌理融为一体，the corten steel base blends in with the roughness of the hemlocks © Adrien Williams
▼剖面图，section © _naturehumaine
On the main floor of the house, the cathedral-roofed volumes house 3 functional groupings. The first volume shelters the living spaces as well as the mosquito net space. The second houses the parking lot and the workshop, and the last one contains the night spaces. At the meeting of these three functions is the functional core as well as the staircase leading to the lower floor. Partially recessed into the slope of the lot, the rooms for the guests are located in a row on top of each other.
▼入口立面，entrance facade © Adrien Williams
At the heart of the living space is the steel-clad central fireplace. With 3 sides, it serves the kitchen, dining room and living room at the same time. Monumental, it is suspended from the roof and derives its angular geometry from the diagonal formed by the roof slopes. Thus, the variation and angular geometry makes each space singular, each point of view dynamic, while blurring the perception of the scale of this house.
▼起居室，living room © Adrien Williams
▼壁炉划分起居室和餐厅 © Adrien Williams
the fireplace divides the living room from the dining area
▼起居室景观和天窗，the view and skylight of the living room © Adrien Williams
▼变化的角度和几何形状为每个空间赋予独特性 © Adrien Williams
the variation and angular geometry makes each space singular
▼从厨房望向壁炉 © Adrien Williams
view towards the fireplace from the kitchen
▼从餐厅望向厨房 © Adrien Williams
view towards the kitchen from the dining area
▼厨房，kitchen © Adrien Williams
▼楼梯，staircase © Adrien Williams
Each room has a large window overlooking the lake, as well as a direct entrance from the outside terrace along the facade. These doors are hidden in the regular rhythm of the corten steel panels covering the basement. This wall also makes it possible to hide the bathroom windows behind perforated steel panels.
▼卧室，bedroom © Adrien Williams
▼浴室，bedroom © Adrien Williams
Each room has a large window overlooking the lake © Adrien Williams
These elements find an echo in the interior design choices of the house. Inside, a palette of timeless materials is blended; concrete floors, ceilings adorned with wood, as well as integrated furniture elements made of wood and raw or stainless steel. Beyond the choice of noble materials guided by the project’s desire for durability, the house integrates a number of elements aimed at optimizing its energy consumption such as a geothermal floor heating system, insulation that exceeds code requirements, charging stations for electric vehicles and a choice of energy-efficient lighting.
▼工作坊，the workshop © Adrien Williams
▼木制楼梯，the wooden staircase © Adrien Williams
▼地下一层，the basement floor © Adrien Williams
▼家具细节，furniture details © Adrien Williams
▼建筑夜景，night view © Adrien Williams
▼一层平面图，ground floor plan © _naturehumaine
▼地下一层平面图，basement floor plan © _naturehumaine
Type: Single family house
Intervention: New construction
Location: Cantons de l’Est
Photo credits: Adrien Williams
General Contractor: Constructions Boivin