Anik Péloquin Architecte

The Sisters

Anik Péloquin Architecte
20. October 2017
Photo: Louis Prud'homme (All photographs courtesy of v2com)

Project: Les sœurs (The Sisters)
Location: La Malbaie, Quebec
ArchitectAnik Péloquin Architecte
Structural Engineer: Donald Arseneault
Contractor: Construction Éclair
Exterior/Interior Finishwork: Done by the clients
Cabinetry: Ébénisterie Adélard Tremblay et fils

Photo: Louis Prud'homme
Photo: Louis Prud'homme

Because it would have been very expensive to renovate the house, they soon decided to opt for new construction instead. The existing house would remain standing as the “big sister” bearing witness to the history of the place. It would become a bunkhouse for guests.

Photo: Louis Prud'homme

The new house – the “little sister” – is clad in tamarack. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge areas. To ensure strong integration, the volume was defined before the interior was laid out. Its size is modest, and the unique shape of the roof meets the owners’ requirements while harmonizing with the big sister and the landscape. On the west and south sides, the roof’s overhang makes it possible to keep the outside walls low, consistent with the scale of the older house. The proportions are also in line with the lake and the tree line on the far shore. To the east and north, the roof rises steeply to the ridgeboard, more than 25 feet off the ground, echoing the surrounding trees and a church steeple, evoking the site’s history. Inside, the edges defined by the roof shape the volumes of the living room and the master bedroom, the only room on the second floor. White-stained pine softly diffuses the light.

Photo: Louis Prud'homme

The project is a reflection on the integration of a new building into a natural setting. It is not intended to dominate the landscape, but to be a part of it. The volume, scaled appropriately to the site, becomes an ideal setting for the lives that unfold here, both indoors and out.

Photo: Louis Prud'homme
Photo: Louis Prud'homme
Photo: Louis Prud'homme
Photo: Louis Prud'homme

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