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Hidden from the street and obscured by trees, this house then opens up to breathtaking river and forest views

Set among trees, the house's second floor cantilevers towards the river views

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Altaïr house by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects

The Altair house is located in Cap-à-l'Aigle, Qubec. Altaïr means "The Flying Eagle." What makes the house stand out is its "V" shape and long facades that are suspended over its natural setting.

While discrete from the street and closed to the north, it opens toward the river, as if about to take flight

In its planning, two longitudinal prisms are laid up one on top of the other. A deliberate misalignment allows vistas of the scenery, with the long glass facades providing different perspectives and framings of the river, the forest, and the city of Malbaie below.

Close up, the house is obscured, camouflaged by trees. The second floor massing provides protection to the entrance. The hall faces a large south-facing window with a view onto the cement pool, which seems to extend out to the river.

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The first floor has a guest wing, as well as a living room. The expended steel staircase is inviting and bright, and leads to the living areas.

The second floor is cantilevered and extends toward the river. Living areas flow into one another, and the completely open space provides breathtaking views to the horizon.

A vast terrace was built on the roof of the lower floor. The master suite is also located on this floor, slightly set back in the woods.

In terms of materials, both storeys are covered with a grey wooden facing. The facades that are hidden or protected by the roof over-hangs are covered with Western cedar. This warm wood extends indoors to the ceiling, emphasising the continuation effect from the inside out.

Architects:Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects
General Contractor: Construction des Grands-Jardins
Photos: Adrien Williams

First published date: 04 January 2017

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