The Barn - a large farm building used for storing grain, hay, or straw or for housing livestock traditionally having a pitched roof - is one of Canada's most recognizable utilitarian buildings.
Which makes it ideal inspiration for a new Canadian vernacular.
The Malbaie VIII Residence , La Grange (the barn) by MU Architecture, takes the historical roots of this utilitarian construct to an inviting contemporary place of domesticity with a stunning juxtaposition of materials.
Featuring dark grey tin cladding on the exterior sides and roof, framed with white cedar planks, I can imagine the woody smell and soft acoustics radiating from the residence on one of Quebec's rainy days.
The slender two story home is perched on a hill framing views of the St. Lawrence river, capturing the majesty of the location's impressive natural setting.
Inside, horizontal cedar planks wrap the ceiling and several walls, reinforcing the barn vernacular while framing the space and orienting the eyes towards the panoramic vistas.
The black windows frame the views throughout the dwelling, including those facing the St. Lawrence river, infusing the space with a modern feel while complementing the simple black pendant lighting .
By keeping the wood walls unadorned and soft furnishings neutral, the barn-like volume of space holds a strong yet understated presence, while ensuring the vistas remain the focal point.
It's a testament to the success of this distinctly new Canadian vernacular.
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All images courtesy of MU Architecture.
Researched and written by Amanda Salmon, a Bachelors of Fine Arts Graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design.