Canada is likely known for its cold weather conditions. Although, not everyone may be fond of our long lasting winters, beauty and awe can still be found on Canadian territory during this time. Chevalier Morales Architectes designed the Roy-Lawrence Residence located in the countryside of Sutton, in Quebec’s eastern townships. The architects found inspiration for this project in the colours, shapes, and materiality embedded in its site.
The Roy-Lawrence Residence stands as the legacy of a Swiss family that immigrated to Canada in the 1930s. Built in 2013, the iconic Swiss chalets that were also dispersed across Sutton's countryside landscape, sparked the conceptual development of this home. Three main elements define the composition of a Swiss chalet: a robust stone base, a solid frame, and a sturdy protective roof. Derived from this traditional tripartite composition, Chevalier Morales Architectes managed to revise the iconic swiss chalet in a contemporary and minimalist style of architecture.
The interior was concisely planned and organized in relation to the geographic orientations of the site. The architects noted that wind management, sources of natural lighting, and scenic panoramas were all taken into consideration.
One very satisfying effect that the architecture of this home provides is the play of mystery and discovery used throughout its interior. The architects designed a longitudinal access on the north-east side of the home that controls the path of the visitor while simultaneously and gradually revealing the sensational awe points of the site. The prize is found in the main living room where the mountain and bucolic landscape are emphasized.
Chevalier Morales Architectes managed to create a connection between the natural world and the built environment. They have done a harmonious job in achieving this, where the natural world and the built environment become so synchronized that it becomes impossible to imagine them apart!
You can learn more about this firm at Chevalier Morales Architectes.
Written and researched by Sanaz Daliri, alumna of the University of Toronto, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design.
Photo Courtesy of Chevalier Morales Architectes