Saint-Donat Residence is a country home located in Saint-Donat in the Laurentians. It was built on steep, wooded terrain bordering Lake Archambault. The land, measuring over 1,600m2 features dense vegetation that provides shade and cooling during the summertime.
Located on a secluded bush block of marri, jarrah and banksia the client’s brief for this house was to provide views of the sunrise and enable them to see down to the native vegetation below.
The clients had searched five years across four states to find a site for their weekend home that spoke to them. The Lawless retreat was to be everything that their Chicago residence – a lofted space nestled within the attic trusses of a converted church – was not.
The Vermont Modern Farmhouse takes the shape of two volumes, with ridges perpendicular to one another, connected by a single story glass enclosure. The two volumes have steep “farmhouse” pitched roofs while the other portions of the house have low-slope roofs.
The Paseo de las Lilas House stands 15 meters above ground. The main floor seats at the treetops level. This atypical architectural intervention seeks to create a direct bonding with the surrounding nature & also to maximize views & daylighting.
The first time we visited the house, we fell in love with its symmetry, its elegance and its surroundings. On the top of the hill, at the foot of the Mountain, Chez Michelle stands between forest and a grand open view of the Lac du Bourget.