Aiming to downplay the connection to the street, while enhancing its connection to the lake, the facade - when approaching the house - is enshrouded in black brick with a single perforation opening onto the central courtyard that acts as the “hinge” for the home’s various intersecting forms.
A spiral staircase just off this courtyard space connects the two levels, which is a statement in itself as the only curvilinear element in this otherwise crystalline geometry.
Contrast, employed in the choice of finishes, creates a sense of theatricality. While the exterior is clad entirely in black - from the bricks to the roof to the trim work, interior surfaces - both walls and ceilings, are wrapped in warm wood paneling which is offset by stark white and concrete. In some ways, it’s a material language that’s not dissimilar to the vernacular of Quebec Chalets but deployed with unexpectedly artful effect.
It really is the structure’s geometry - the way it works with its site rather than superimposing a box on top of it, that sets this home apart. It acts as a testament to the value a client will receive working directly with an architect, rather than employing the "one-size-fits-all" option of catalogue housing.
All images courtesy Alain Carle Architecte.
This article was written and researched by Miranda Corcoran, who began writing for Houseporn while studying Industrial Design and Digital Media at OCAD University.