Québéc’s Résidence Des Grands Jardins By Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes

The Grands Jardins home sits perched on a mountainside in the Charlevoix region of Québéc, overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes drew inspiration from contemporary Scandinavian villas in their design of this project.

 

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One primary challenge faced by the architects was to incorporate the surrounding spectacular views into the residence, while retaining privacy.

Due to the placement of the building on the site, the elevations exposed to passersby are more restrained and discreet, while the other orientation capitalizes on the river views.

 

 

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From the elevation facing the river, the Grands Jardins domicile appears to be rising out of the mountain, emphasized by its clean angular lines and bold form.

The upper level - with prominent glazing which appear to float under a cantilevered roof - adds to a sense of buoyancy as it overlooks the slopes below into the Massif.

 

 

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The massive projections are made possible by use of a steel structure, seen above in the living area.

The exposed concrete floor and steel skeleton on the main level gives the space an industrial vibe, while being softened by the red cedar lath.

 

 

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The Charlevoix region is known to have seismic activity, thus steel frame construction was used in the structure of this dwelling.

The residence is literally anchored into the mountainside, with 50mm (2 in.) rods that go 3.2 metres (10.5 feet) into the rock.

Résidence des Grands Jardins has been designed to earthquake standards comparable to that of a hospital, and may be one of the few, if not only, private residence of its sort in Canada.

 

 

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Passive solar orientation ensures the occupants are bathed in sunlight, while the white roof and dark concrete floors maximize heat gain in the winter.

Triple-glazed windows and two geothermal heating systems only add to the heat efficiency of this home.

 

 

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Bourgeois Lechasseur has crafted a home with a striking presence in the Québécois architectural scene.

Résidence des Grands Jardins is a bold, statement home that incorporates the use of natural materials to create warmth in the interior, while retaining an edgy vivacity that sets it apart from the typical mountain cabin.

Check out the rest of the stylish portfolio at Bourgeois Lechasseur Architectes.

 

Researched and written by Charmaine Cheng, Architectural Technology, Centennial College

Posted In: Quebec

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