Les blocs de bois
By : yh2
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14th edition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Special Award / Wood featured in architecture : Gold Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Cottage & Country House : Gold Certification
Categories : Residential Building / Prestige House : Gold Certification
On a rocky outcrop overlooking Lake Memphremagog, two blocks of wood gently harmonize with their surroundings. Two rectangular volumes, one laid atop the other, form a house.
The first block is placed like a bridge between the two plateaus which form the rocky cape, spanning the natural flow without hindering the passage of water during heavy rains.
The upper block rests on the lower, but it is offset: it overhangs the lower volume on two sides, enabling the creation of sheltered outdoor spaces.
Monolithic in appearance on its long sides, clad in cedar planks, the upper volume opens onto nature at each of its ends through large bay windows. Conversely, the low volume is largely windowed on its long sides, offering large openings to the private road on one side and especially to the lake below on the other.
The different uses of the project are distributed in a series of clearings staggered across the natural slope of the site.
Designed as a path, this fragmentation of the different uses of the project makes it possible to vary perceptions of the site and to take full advantage of nature without altering it.
The use of the same materials both inside and outside and the opening of large bay windows here blur the boundaries between inside and outside and allow a strong contact with nature.
Sitting on the site like a child’s building blocks, the house is an unassuming, abstract geometric composition nestled in nature.
Architect : yh2
General Contractor : Finition de l'Estrie
Landscaper : Louis Dubuc
Engineering : GénieX