By : Ménard Dworkind architecture & design
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Commercial Building / Hotel & Holiday Resort : Gold Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Cottage & Country House : Gold Certification
Hinterhouse is nestled into a densely forested hillside with sweeping views of the Mont-Tremblant valley. The 16-foot wide house, designed to be prefabricated, can be driven on local roads and delivered to site. The hintercompany hotel concept aims to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life to connect with nature. This compact house fits two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan living space into 930 square feet. The living space, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides, is organized around a central wood stove that rotates 360°, providing relaxing views of the fire from every angle. A maple farmhouse table, doubles as a kitchen island – one of the space-saving techniques in the house, while a custom vessel-sink raises a cutting board to a comfortable height. The bedrooms fit queen beds snuggly wall-to-wall and sliding panels hide a TV at the end of each bed. A focus on transparency in every room pulls the distant landscape into the house. The house’s exterior is wrapped in 2-1/2” custom-milled white cedar boards, a low-maintenance choice that will ensure hinterhouse ages graciously while blending with the surrounding forest. Sliding shutters help control the light and privacy at hinterhouse. The house can transform and close up completely for protection from the elements, or slide open to allow the light and views in. A winding staircase carved out of the hillside leads down to a sauna equipped with an outdoor cold shower and hanging hammocks.