Located along the edge of Lac des Chats, the residence is sited in a clearing of the woods — a forest composed of mature maple, birch, and pine trees. The house is inset both from the lake and from Chemin du Lac des Chats, ensuring the natural integration of the architecture within its beautiful landscape as well as the intimacy sought by the clients on this site. The position of the house also guarantees a calm and peaceful environment for the occupants.
The house is composed of four main volumes. The first, adjacent to the pool, contains a transparent (openable) mesh gallery on the ground level as well as the master bedroom on the upper story.
The second volume houses the dining room and the two children’s bedrooms. The third contains the living room and an additional child’s bedroom. Separated from these by a large exterior “portal” is the fourth volume that contains a game room below grade and a guest bedroom on the upper floor. Each of the four volumes is oriented in order to ensure the optimal framing of the landscape for its occupants.
The house is organized along its east-west orientation. At the scale of the site, this primary axis makes reference to the bridge that crosses the lake, linking the residence’s pool with the tennis courts. On the house’s upper level, this axis literally becomes a bridge in itself — a black, rectilinear object that overlooks the entry hall and connects the four volumes of the residence. This interior “bridge” begins at the door of the master bedroom and continues through the length of the house, terminating in the guest bedroom where it projects toward the landscape in the form of a balcony. As a connecting element, the bridge delaminates to form a staircase at the center of the house, linking the main floor with the level above.
The exterior walls are smooth and fixed while the interior partitions are oriented to optimize views to the lake. The roof appears to have been cut with flint, ensuring an angular form as required by the Ville de Saint-Sauveur for houses in the area. Yet, its pitch varies between angles of 4/12 and 6/12, so that its irregularity reinvents the traditional form of the gable roof.
The linear, black façades clad in wooden slats give expression to the four interior bedrooms that face the lake, appearing as glowing lanterns that pierce the house. The architecture appears to have lightness, owing to the large glazed bays that reflect the natural surroundings. The result is striking — the evocative perception of piercing views to the lake directly through nature itself. Glazed along its south and north façades, the house becomes a series of frames of spectacular views toward nature and the lake.