The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
It is barely a surprise then that the spectacular in area of the Terrasses Cap à l’Aigle in Quebec Canada turns to a stunning overhang with glass walls to make the most of the scenic view on offer. Designed by ACDF Architecture this is a family retreat that combines traditional and modern architectural elements in sensational style.
The transformation combines the aesthetics of the Victorian home with contemporary style without compromising on practicality comfort and ergonomics. A transition between the old and the new is still distinct and yet feels seamless with an air of relaxing calm.
A series of features like the super insulated foundation and concrete flooring the smart triple-pane German windows a cutting-edge heat recovery system that functions at 88% efficiency and of course the solar panels that provide the home with sufficient power combine to deliver an effectively zero-energy home that still seems cozy modern and charming.
Shaped by stunning mountains all around and defined by the unique lot on which it sits this in works within the existing limitations to make the most of both space and the views on offer. The sloped triangular lot the family residence sits on plays a major role in shaping its overall silhouette along with local construction guidelines that mandate the use of wood for at least 30 percent of the home’s surface area. Walking this architectural tightrope and delivering in style GCA Architects ensured that the dwelling did not compromise on unabated views even while offering adequate privacy to those inside.
Using a series of pergolas balconies and nifty little niches an array of delightful outdoor spaces was created and they are constantly connected with the lower-level living area. Large glass windows and sliding glass doors play their part as well in this fabulous narrative where the lush green backyard becomes a dynamic backdrop for the neutral living area kitchen and dining room.
There are times when you can clearly define a home its distinct style and what makes it so special. Then there are occasions when you feel that a house just has the ‘it’ factor that simply ropes you in. The fabulous in is one such mesmerizing home designed by Lera Katasonova that captivates you with its relaxing lustrous charm and a soft subtle feminine vibe.