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.
A fun collection of toys on display framed artwork from UK street artist Eelus and a street lamppost in the corner of the ‘casual café’-style dining space ensure that this living area is like nothing else you have ever seen before. The bedrooms inside the home also have an aura of their own with blocks of color used to mimic the De Stijl art movement and the works of legendary Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
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.
When it comes to the design of modern homes and retreats maximizing the view is increasingly becoming the primary concern of both homeowners and architects. Even urban apartments packed into contemporary skyscrapers are becoming all about the glittering view of the city skyline outside the window.
The home was built around an already present man-made pond and the effort was to ensure that the wild landscape was as undisturbed as possible both during and after the construction. The main 1650-square-foot residence has a secluded entrance and contains the living area kitchen dining area and the master bedroom.
The structure of the home itself is more casual in its ambiance with Cor-ten steel and Douglas Fir being used to combine strength and durability with inviting warmth and minimal maintenance. A series of walkways around the house built over the pond connect it with both the landscape and the guest quarters.
The open living space of the main building flows into the large deck outside and overlooks the lovely natural pond that sits a stone’s throw away. Even the carport and the guest house enjoy unabated views of the scenery outside as sliding glass doors blur the traditional boundaries.