Vacation Home in Messines / Anik Péloquin architecte

Vacation home in messines / anik péloquin architecte
© Alberto Biscaro

This small home located in the middle of the woods was designed for 2 outdoor enthusiasts. This lakefront house is situated on a steep terrain in Gatineau. To reduce construction costs and minimise impact on the ecosystem, it sits on the foundations of an old 24′-0″x36′-0″ chalet. A large partly-covered deck runs along 3 sides of the house. It is an integral part of the house’s architecture and provides extra living space during summer.

Vacation home in messines / anik péloquin architecte
© Alberto Biscaro

Every room and hallway in this house face the lake. A double-height structure adorned with large windows amplifies the small space. Lots of natural light enters the room and at the end of the day, the shadow of the trees projects onto the walls and floors somewhat erasing the indoor and outdoor perimeters.

Vacation home in messines / anik péloquin architecte
© Alberto Biscaro

Mirroring its environment, the house is covered with wood. The bluish grey colour of the vertical boards was chosen to match the green colour of summer vegetation. The navy plywood insertions replicate the colour of larch needles in the fall and winter.

Vacation home in messines / anik péloquin architecte
© Alberto Biscaro

The large deck has a suspended canoe. It refers to the Legend of the Wild Hunt featuring Gatineau’s lumbermen. It shares the space with strange characters designed by the drawing on the navy plywood and windows.

This compact and cost-effective house is a simple and hospitable place led to appreciate the natural environment.

Project Details:
Location: Messines, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Area: 1,200 sq.ft
Architects: Anik Péloquin architecte
Landscaper: F.J. Richer paysagistes
Photographs: Alberto Biscaro

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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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