Langlois-Lessard Residence presents an exceptional example of site driven design

Langlois-Lessard Residence presents an exceptional example of site driven design

A harmonious material palette draws from acute observation of the natural environment
6 Jan 2020 Materialization

Located in a flood zone along the shores of Lake Saint-Louis in Quebec, Canada, the design of the Langlois-Lessard Residence by Chevalier Morales Architectes is an exceptional example of site driven design. The subtle integration of exterior cladding materials comes from acute observation of the house’s surroundings. Roughly shaped natural limestone, hemlock-textured concrete, and wood siding blend harmoniously with the wooding siding and stone walls of neighboring homes and the tree bark texture from the many trees that surround.

Credit: Chevalier Morales

Inside, the house has a simple material palette featuring polished concrete floors and a concrete fireplace. Furniture softens and adds to the tone on tone effect. The architects explain the neutral interior palette allows for the surrounding landscape, with its shifting seasonal tones, to be the dominant presence within the spaces.

Credit: Chevalier Morales

To preserve the beauty of the site and its many mature trees, the footprint of the house is relatively compact, covering only seven percent of the site. Both solar orientation and the exceptional quality of the landscape site guided the programmatic layout, with views oriented towards the nearby water, creating the impression from within that the interior spaces are unfolding into the lake.

Credit: Chevalier Morales

The floor plans are open and spacious, though in dramatic contrast, connected with a very narrow and minimalist staircase. The ground floor has a relatively low ceiling, reinforcing views towards the horizon. Inversely, on the second floor, bedrooms feature angular ceilings that generate a whimsical play of light and shadow.

Credit: Chevalier Morales
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