Bold and beautifully displaying a sleek wooden facade, this volumetric home in the forest speaks about the need to be in permanent contact with green surroundings. Delicately lined with black design elements and window frames, the home known as La Chasse-Galerie benefits from bright natural light, fresh forest air and a spacious collection of interiors imagined by Thellend Fortin Architectes.
This modern home in the forest was built in Montreal, Canada and as you scroll through the photos, you will see what the architects mean when they say: “The design of this residence was principally driven by the desire to bring it in harmony with its environs. Located on a plateau in the heart of the Laurentian forest, the house benefits from natural light despite its north-facing aspect and its inverse orientation to the lake. The refined slender volume of the house as well as the open circulation areas over two levels ensure that the entire expanse of the interior benefits from abundant natural light.”
“Spatially, the interior was designed around a large black ribbon that frames the topography and key features of the site, including the Precambrian rocks uphill and the lake below. The plan was developed to incorporate generous window openings and to imbue the living spaces with the same natural textures, including the mineral-inspired concrete floor and the eastern white cedar laths on the ceiling. With nature present at the very heart of the project, the spaces transform in accordance with the seasons.”
Thanks to photographs by Olivier Samson Arcand of OSA Images, we can enjoy glimpses into the modern design that made this home rise with pride. You might even remember the Prince Philip Residence and become curious to see how a modern city oasis in Montreal looks like.
These days, a building doesnt just have to look good, it should ideally be good for the environment too. A great example of sustainability spliced with style from the past few years is the M&S store at Cheshire Oaks Retail Park in Ellesmere Port, designed by Aukett Fitzroy Robinson.
Value for money is not, and never was, the same as being cheap. Value for money means making the most of whatever budget is available. A good example of this is Hayes Primary School in London, by Hayhurst and Co. Having to contend with a tightly controlled 3 million local authority budget, they worked with the existing structure of the primary school to give it a much needed update. A striking polished stainless steel brise-soleil facade installed at the school’s entrance, gives the school’s many different buildings a sense of identity, while new classrooms have been created in a range of shapes and sizes, and are often flooded with natural light