House at Rue de l’Anse / PARKA

House at rue de l’anse / parka
© Jessy Bernier

The project consisted in the expansion of a 1970’s residence designed first by Gauthier Guité Roy Architects. Nested in a cliff that borders the St. Lawrence River, this construcion certainly represented a pioneering achievement at the time. For PARKA – Architecture & Design, the challenge was to conceive a project that both meets the many needs of the occupants while respecting the original architectural work, definitely modern.

House at rue de l’anse / parka
© Hugues Boivin

Despite its obvious architectural qualities, this house presented certain technical and aesthetic challenges. PARKA’s mandate thus stretched from the reorganization of a large part of the envelope to interior design. Among the customers’ needs and desires, it was essential to optimize the space and its relationship with the exterior. Hence, the exterior terrace, previously covered by a huge overhang, was transformed into a living space. The slopping roof was modified into a flat one, resulting in a full height space. The new entirely glazed façade allows the occupant to fully enjoy the landscape and let in a maximum of light at the centre of the living room, located on the ground floor.

House at rue de l’anse / parka
© Jessy Bernier

As for the layout, open and flexible spaces were prioritized. Since the clients organise receptions often, the living area is meant as a friendly and adaptable space, with its vast fire place of concrete and glass designed by PARKA. In this open plan, we favoured light and sober colors to create a vast gallery where people can gather and admire this one truly amazing masterpiece that is the landscape. This reception area houses, on one side, the service areas (kitchen, WC) and on the other, the more private areas for the owners, which includes a spacious bathroom where a bathtub stands as the main focal point.

House at rue de l’anse / parka
© Jessy Bernier

The basement, divided into three separate areas, holds the spaces intended for the whole family. The first area right downstairs, is a comfortable and intimate living room where the entire household can gather. The second one, on the west side, is a guest room and the last one, on the east side, is the children suite, consisting of two bedrooms facing a study room. Large sliding doors help converting these three spaces, forming an L-shaped layout, in a larger area entirely designed for younger ones.

Project Details:
Location: Rue de l’Anse, Quebec, Canada
Architects: PARKA – Architecture & Design
Photographs: Jessy Bernier – Hugues Boivin

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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