Country house near Lake La Salle

  • North-west elevation of the house
  • Living and dining room
  • Living and dining room
  • Kitchen of the house
  • View of Lake La Salle from the site

Country house near Lake La Salle

Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada

Ongoing project 2020 —

Private client

Architecture: Jflemay Architecture and Design

Structural engineering: Poincaré Experts-Conseils

Mechanical engineering: Pageau Morel et Associés

LEED consultant: Écohabitation

The client acquired a 1.2-hectare forest near Lake La Salle (Val-Morin, Quebec, Canada) in order to build an ecological house benefiting from a sloping ground, a panoramic view of the lake and a southern exposure.

The brief included three bedrooms, a large living or dining room, a kitchen, a large bathroom, two smaller shower rooms and a separate garage. The client asked for an expressed engineered timber structure clad in stone, covered with accessible green roofs and certified LEED Silver or Gold.

We proposed to divide the house into two pavilions differently set into the terrain, in order to create a diversity of viewpoints and spatial experiences. For example, the north pavilion entrance is level with the south pavilion roof, which blends into the forest floor. The kitchen and dining room share the same floor, but the former is at grade while the latter is above ground. In other words, between the kitchen and the dining room, the forest descends and the view to the lake opens up.

Two stairs – one interior, one exterior – connect these levels and experiences. The two ground-level terraces and the two green roofs constitute a vertical range of viewpoints — from the low south terrace at the forest floor, to the lofty north roof above the tree tops, with a panoramic view over the lake.

Construction is scheduled to start in 2022.