Window on the Lake by YH2 Architecture

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Location: Lac Plaisant, Mauricie, QC, Canada

Area: 1500 sq.ft.

Year: 2016



Architects: YH2 Architecture

Design team:

Karl Choquette, bachelor in architecture

Marie-Claude Hamelin, architect

Étienne Sédillot, master in architecture

Loukas Yiacouvakis, architect

Pictures credits: Francis Pelletier






A window on the lake: the very essence of the cottage. A warm, simple wood dwelling open to nature and a peaceful lake.

The house stands on the site of an old family cottage, just steps away from the shores of Lac Plaisant in the Mauricie region. Thanks to its simplicity, restraint and refinement, the project embodies the architect’s attempt to capture the
essence of cottage life – a wooden home designed for vacations and enabling true communion with nature.

Featuring wood construction inside and out, the house’s single large gable covers all living spaces.

Sited in a small clearing, its foundation invisible, the home is a pure, light volume resting on a grassy carpet.

Its architecture is restrained and its scale modest, in tune with the clearing and lake.

The exterior, both roof and walls, is clad entirely in white cedar boards.

Both of the building’s long sides feature three large, tall glass panels, allowing seamless transitions between interior and exterior spaces.

The south side is all glass, creating a direct link between the lake and the living spaces, arranged under a large double-height gable extending outward to cover a small porch.

The full transparency of the southern façade lets in ample sunlight in fall and winter, while the mature trees standing between house and lake moderate the summer sun and provide a high degree of privacy in boating season.

The balloon frame, with its exposed wooden studs and joists painted white, gives the building a unique rhythm of shadow and light.

The cottage has a relaxed character. It is a true family cottage that can sleep up to 12 in two ground-floor bedrooms and a large, open sleeping area on the second floor.

This is the cottage as an expression of the art of living: a gentle, simple, pure way of life.

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All images courtesy of YH2 Architecture


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Loukas Yiacouvakis, M.O.A.Q., 1994

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Université de Montréal, 1990
  • Internship in architecture with Melvin Charney architect; urban study of ‘’faubourg St-Laurent’’ of 1990
  • Internship in architecture with Mario Biocca architect; development of several urban settlements, 1991 to 1993
  • Participated in the ‘’Montréal en projet’’, 10 years of urban architecture (curator: Melvin Charney)

Marie-Claude Hamelin, M.O.A.Q., 1997

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Université de Montréal, 1990
  • Participated in Intermondiun, a course taught by Daniel Libeskind, in Italy, 1991
  • Internship in architecture at the University of Israel, 1991
  • Second prize in the Habiter l’Espace contest, 1987
  • Second prize in the S.A.Q. contest, 1998
  • Participated in the ‘’Montréal en projet’’, 10 years of urban architecture (curator: Melvin Charney)

CONTACT

6960 avenue Henri-Julien
Montréal, Québec, H2S 0C7
t 514.272.7592

info@yh2architecture.com


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