Designed by Amanda Levete Architects / AL_A, two new buildings situated at the centre of Wadham Coll... More
Honest and minimalist by design, Le Littoral is a contemporary residence that draws inspiration from its exceptional natural setting. The home was designed by Architecture49 throughout all phases of design and construction.
In additional to majestic views of the St Lawrence River, the mountains of Hautes Gorges and La Malbaie Bay, the region combines historic buildings with resolutely contemporary architecture. Le Littoral responds to its context by deconstructing and reworking the silhouette of the region’s farm buildings, thus discreetly inserting itself into its surroundings.
Sleek and functional in appearance, the house integrates a wide range of facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, fireplace and spa. A kitchen, occupying the upstairs space is equipped with professional tools for amateur chefs and gastronomes. The neutral colour palette – limited to black, white and wood – along with the use of off-centre volumes are noted trademarks of Architecture49.
Special effort was made to minimize the impact of the project on the land. The house was thus built high up on the site, leaning on the gentle slope and constructed without a basement, which would have required excavation.
The house is set out along the length of the land to take in river views from the front and offer privacy thanks to a forest at the back of the house. Volumes, openings and rooms are optimally organized along the axis.
Making use of local resources, the structure was assembled only a few kilometres away from the site and features a skeleton constructed using FSC certified wood. Other local elements include a kitchen countertop of Quebec granite, eastern cedar and pine finishes, along with a pool and home automation system produced in Quebec.