settled on a large piece of land close to the shores of lake memphremagog in canada, ‘house lachance’ is a second home to the canadian clients who requested a home that would demonstrate and embody their desire to return to a balanced lifestyle, using simple technologies, and materials requiring little maintenance.

all images © adrien williams



the project by ACDF architects is built with openness as the key focus, without the use of physical boundaries and the starting point being the immediate landscape. located in the center of the site, the fence is redefined as a continuous wood band. from the ground, the wood band rises and envelops the living spaces by modulating the openings of the house. cues taken from the vernacular typology of wooden farm buildings were translated and reinterpreted to define this modern house, which in turn opens into the landscape.



the resulting wooden volume is solidly anchored to the ground by a concrete mass that conserves the traces of the hemlock. the timber cladding used is the main material and left its natural state. overtime this will achieve a gray patina and slowly begin to blend in with the natural environment, fitting into the trees that already inhabit the site.



inside, at the heart of the ground floor is the three strong and unifying elements of the project: the kitchen, the dining table and the grand piano. a sensitive approach to environmental footprint was taken with only passive principles put in place. to minimize heat gain in the summer, variations in relief if the wood band act as a sunscreen or sometimes as a structural wall or semi-transparent screen.

large glass windows frame the trees that inhabit the site

a contemporary and minimal kitchen sits horizontal to the landscape

the expansive ground floor is defined by three elements: the kitchen, the dining table and the piano

upper bedroom

the wooden farm buildings and sustainable construction made of field stone, is reinterpreted to define the home

the overlapping horizontal bands that extend from East to West highlight the concept of the wooden enclosure

the home is anchored to the ground by a concrete mass





    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news