Pops of blue unite the interior with the outdoor living space even as much of the color palette is kept as neutral as possible. On the inside an open plan living room with a kitchen and dining area forms the central ‘social zone’ that opens up to the backyard while the bedrooms offer complete privacy.
Not only does the use of natural construction materials and locally sourced elements give the home a green sheen the use of passive solar heating and cooling techniques smart insulation and rainwater harvesting systems ensures that it is as planet-friendly as possible.
On the inside it is timber that still holds sway even as the entire house is divided into three distinct zones – the parents’ retreat the kids’ rooms and the common living area that overlooks the pool and wooden deck. The ambiance inside the house is modern coastal with serenity infused into the overall design of each room using neutral hues and wooden warmth.
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 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 extensive use of operable timber shutters was much more than a style choice as these smart shutters allowed the homeowners to easily switch between complete privacy unabated ocean views and an intermediate stage that offers a bit of both along with filtered sunlight. They also protect the beach house from rough coastal weather and offer a protective covering for the large glass windows and the interior.
‘Innovative’ is a word that is loosely thrown around when describing modern homes. While we often do come across homes with nuggets of creativity a truly exceptional and ingenious residence with a flavor and style of its own is hard to find.