Part of a luxury hillside housing project named Les Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle and located in the Cap-à-l’Aigle region of Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada, this stunning modern residence benefits from panoramic views over the St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountainscape. Known as Malbaie VI Marée Basse, the two story residential development was designed by Montreal-based studio Mu Architecture and completed last September. Occupying 3,200 square foot, the two volumes covered with cedar shingles are perfectly positioned for massive sunlight intake and provide the owners with beautiful panoramas from multiple vantage points.
A terrace captured in between these volumetric collection of spaces ensures the inhabitants stay strongly connected to the surroundings. Under the house’s green roof, bedrooms occupy the higher level and social spaces, the lower one. Here, on the ground floor, a red metal spiral staircase thrones in the middle, visually connecting the living/ dining /kitchen open floor plan. Cedar ceilings pierced by lights float over radiant concrete floors, creating a stunning effect and bounding the interior design together.
The best architects can create designs which will give clients and the public things they didn’t even realise they wanted, and this is especially important when architects are given the difficult brief of creating structures in much-loved, iconic areas.
Energy during the construction process was saved by using FSC-certified glulam timber instead of steel to create the building’s distinctive wavy roof, while the store’s external walls use hemclad, a highly innovative insulator made from hemp, which, like all plants, absorbs CO2 from the atmosphere as it grows. An 80,000 litre water tank below ground provides water for the store’s toilets and waters the site’s green wall’, which provides natural insulation, acts as an all-natural pollution filter near the car park, and helps to encourage biodiversity. The result is a building that uses a fraction of the energy of structures of a similar size, and is still very popular with local shoppers.