Jean Verville nestled in rural Quebec the extraordinary in a mysterious dark metal presence featuring pointy roofs that seem torn from fairy-tales, beautifully subdued into the forest.
The cabin is an extraordinary holiday dwelling materialized by the Canadian artists is situated on a sloping site in a hemlock forest of the Eastern Township, an area rooted in southeastern Quebec.
The home is entitled the Fahouse, a name born from the idea of a new family house as Jean Verville relates, the lead of an architecture practice based in Montreal, founded in 2004.
The home was born from an extraordinary collaboration between a young couple with two children and the design professional.
“Derived from the archetypal figure of the house, the double triangular prism perfectly illustrates childhood and characterizes the whole development of this project” Verville further relates.
“I wanted to illustrate childhood, which characterises the whole development of this project” the artist ads.
The home has been developed on three levels and two conjoined volumes with pointy tips wrapped in corrugated steel cladding sculpting extraordinary volumes in elevation in no less than 1900 square feet, 176 square meters.
The main structure appears to shape an A-frame floating above a glass box, a free ground level that sculpts an apparent cantilever whilst allowing interior spaces to communicate with the environment.
On one side, the roof slopes to reach the ground, punctuating the intersection with two small, square windows.
Upon entering the guests are greeted by a line of glass that edges the kitchen and living room, both tangent to an open-sheltered patio.
Light stark white is subdued to the plywood`s textures, gifting naturalness the lead whilst creating an invitational snapshot for the outdoors with beautiful, white, immaculate frames.
The second level can be discovered thanks to a switch-back stair, one that leads towards the master bedroom positioned in the front volume and the children`s bedroom in the back.
The volume game is here meant to be read as “two houses”, one for the adults, one for children.
“A beehive composed of a succession of cells, each offering a distinctive ritual” is the phrase that defines the design thought process behind the parents area, a section that contains one sleeping room, a shower room, lavatory and closet.
Black frames sculpt the woody exterior bringing the beautiful indoors.
“Instead of offering big loft-style spaces, I separated functions into small rooms,”
“It offers a sense of discovery of dissimulated spaces, and a view of the mysterious forest.” the artist further relates .
“The upper floor evokes the lair of the whale to brighten the imagination and allow for a colorful world of adventures” the architecture practice said.
An immense contrast between interior and exterior has been sculpted in the ensemble to the inhabitant`s advantage, bringing forward the extraordinary surrounding setting.
Photography Courtesy to Maxime Brouillet
Collaborators: Jessica Bouffette, Olivier Grenier, Martine Walsh
Contractor: Ulys Collectif
Window specialist: Shalwin Canada