Project: Les Rorquals Residence
Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Lead Architect: Alain Carle
Project manager: Gabriel Ostiguy
Location: Cap-à-l’Aigle, Québec, Canada
Area: 2 375 sqft
Photo Credits: Raphaël Thibodeau
Text by Alain Carle Architecte
Les Rorquals Residence has a rustic look. Its architecture is more rural than modernist, closer to the earth than to the sky. It hugs the profile of the terrain. The exterior volumetry is abstract and intriguing. Two volumes with irregular angles are anchored to retaining walls holding the soil on a slope. The black pine walls contribute to the strangeness of this form, which intersects the landscape without imposing itself. It is inscribed in the place.
Its internal organization extends this relationship with the topography, like an interior landscape: hills, slate plateaus, erratic black boulders… The interior spaces are declined in split levels from the street access level. The reception floor is extended to form one of the kitchen counters.
Farther in, wide steps introduce the living and dining room spaces, while offering themselves as informal benches, facing the landscape that opens before you: Charlevoix, and the grandeur of the St. Lawrence.
About Alain Carle Architecte
Alain Carle has worked in the architecture field in Montréal for twenty years. Based on a pedagogical approach he developed as a teacher and researcher in the Master’s program at the School of Architecture of the Université de Montréal, his achievements rely on a critical approach to representation in the design process.