The idea here was to not just fashion a home that connects with the panoramic scenery but also to incorporate design flexibility and adaptability that lets it grow along with the needs of the homeowners.
Turning this dream into a beautiful reality for a modern Canadian family is the striking Val des Monts cottage nestled in the picturesque Gatineau hills. With a cantilevered structure that offers breathtaking views of the lake next to it and the surrounding forest landscape the dreamy family cottage designed by Christopher Simmonds Architect Inc. combines rustic scenery with warm modernism.
Instead of one large structure the architects opted for two smaller volumes that make the most of the views on offer. The garden outside is filled with a variety of plants and lined with large stones and it seems to unite and bind the two volumes giving a sense of visual cohesion.
Designed by Gabriela Caicedo-Liebert the house combines a hint of Art Deco with unassuming minimalism and contemporary ergonomics to fashion a distinct and dashing silhouette. The two main structures of the house that welcome you are both windowless and have a gentle curved edge with the main entrance located in between the twin behemoths.
Space is a luxury in and it is absolutely no surprise that every home that we come across in this bustling city tries its absolute best to make the most of the ‘vertical space’ on offer. Private residences that stretch across 4 or 5 different levels seem to be the norm here and while the fabulous follows the same blueprint that is where the common traits end.
One of the unique challenges of building this lovely family retreat was the existing building code that prevented the house from being any taller than six feet above grade on the building’s uphill side.
Studying distinct architectural styles from different regions of the world not only gives us a clarity on how modern cityscapes have evolved but also gives us an insight into local cultural history and momentous events that shaped the lives of people living in the region.