This geometric and minimalist home by Atelier Pierre Thibault can be found hidden among the trees in Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec. The house is surrounded by a grid of white slats that play with the light and shade that strategically enter the home.
Completed in 2016, this spectacular dwelling overlooks the St-Lawrence River and serves as a vacation home for a young family.
First Floor Plan
The goal was to maximize the connection between inside and out, by balancing the size and proportions of interior spaces with complementary outdoor 'terrace rooms'. On the exterior, a slat design establishes a lovely rhythm to the structure, appearing both on the facade and on the decking. This clever method creates distinct semi-transparent zones for living, as well as ever-changing playful shadows when sunlight filters through.
Second Floor Plan
The home includes two bedrooms and a washroom on the ground floor, while the living, dining and kitchen were dedicated to the upper level. This strategic space plan ensures the entertainment spaces take full advantage of the panoramic river vistas, both indoors and out.
The interior design showcases exposed wooden beams, poured concrete floors and an abundance of glazing enveloped in white. Although minimal, linear and understated, it is artfully contrasted with a round black metal wood stove and sinewy gray spiral staircase which introduce their own sculptural relief.
I love the simplicity of the entry, with its natural wood staircase that invites one upstairs to the entertainment level, while the bedrooms remain cloistered and private. When you reach the top of the stairs, you are greeted by a sun-drenched glass cube of conviviality which extend onto terraces.
An exquisite metal spiral staircase is both sculptural and functional, connecting each of the levels while breaking the geometry of the rectangular complex.
For me, the structure's geometric composition in its wildflower setting invites orderly repose. Open yet private, this hidden river respite by Atelier Pierre Thibault is the ultimate contemporary cabin.
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Researched and Written by Syrina Gatta, Interior Design student at Sheridan College