Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Architecture Wednesday: Chemin Bord du Lac

This 200 year old Quebec stone house once belonged to the Hudson Bay Company. And once upon a time the main entrance faced the river where the old road was situated. But then a new road was built out back and so the back became the front and the front became the back.
Then the new owners took over the turned-around-house and needed room for themselves, their kids, and their parents so a new addition was needed.

But would they try to match the old house and just make it something new?

Well, since the old part of the house would provide bedrooms for the kids and the grandparents, with the new part housing a master suite for Mom and Dad, the architects came up with the idea of drawing a parallel between the multi-generational component of the residents and the fact that a contemporary project would be built alongside a historical house.

In this manner, the design expresses the passage of time. The strategy defined itself as a contemporary project contrasting the existing stone house, yet having an obvious relationship to the ancestral home. This idea extended to the way the spaces are defined, as two double height living rooms are at opposite ends, one in each volume, linked by a path highlighted by a bridge linking the old house to the new volume.

It's been turned around and added onto, but two hundred years later it's still a family home.


mistress maddie said...

Surprisingly I love this! The inside I really love, and how they have it furnished. I love dark woods against light stone walls. Love the idea too of preserving the history and age of the old with the new, to give it a new spin. I would love to do that some day. And that deck and huge bed should house many a houseboy!!!!!

SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

Did you know about THE FASHION FUND? I hope you get the OVATION Channel, it premiered last night:
Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue magazine, oversees a competition in which 10 designers get a chance to work alongside industry luminaries to prove they have what it takes to be named Fashion Fund Designer of the Year – an award that comes with $300,000 and a one-year mentorship with some of the biggest names in fashion.

Bob Slatten said...

I hadn't heard of that Sean, i'll have to check it out, even if Wintour scares me!