Le clos des merises
By : blanchette architectes
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Residential Building / Single-Family Home : Bronze Winner
Resting on a steep plateau, on the edge of Lake Saint-Amour, the Clos des Merises marks its private character, right from the approach. Freely composed and inspired by the traditional house's archetype, two white volumes become a canvas, voluntarily austere, where the deciduous trees and conifers' shadows fall. The H-shaped layout, slightly staggered to promote sunlight and highlight the relationship between the interior areas and the central terrace, holds within its heart the main pathways of the residence; the transparency of this junction force a relationship between the reception area and the domesticated landscape of the rear terrace. A second access is designed on the left, under the second floor's overhang. This independent entrance to the office allows a skillful separation of the residence's multiple purposes. Whether it is to separate the washrooms from the living areas, or the master bedroom from the guest areas, this hyphen highlights the natural qualities of the site by framing them, then reframing them, to magnify their inherent beauty. Cedar lath is used as cladding on the faces overlooking the lake, presenting a different, perhaps more domestic nature, where the projections and setbacks form a volumetric expression on the lake.
Architect : Blanchette Architectes