La Cornette by Yiacouvakis Hamelin, Architectes
by Harry / January 20, 2011
Via @v2com_newswire, "a country house open to the pastoral landscape that surrounds it" in Cleveland, Quebec by Yiacouvakis Hamelin, Architectes. The signature feature of La Cornette is a large gable resembling a nun's cornet wimple. Designed for two families, the house is modeled on traditional Quebec houses that lodged large families and their relatives.


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From the architects:

"An out-scaled structure, like the agricultural buildings that surround it, the house is both traditional in its morphology and innovative in its use of materials. Shingled with raw fibre-cement panels on the walls and roof, it is a house beyond the domestic scale, simple and rot-proof, capable of standing the test of time.

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The house is striated with bands of horizontal windows, giant louvers that cut the sun at its most powerful, with new points of view at each level. It is protected by its wimple from the hot summer sun and inundated with light in the winter, needing neither air-conditioning nor heating on sunny days.

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The interior is in wood, painted or natural, in planks or panels, composed almost exclusively of made-to-measure furniture pieces:

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... from the refectory table for meals to the day table with hideaway television set;

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... from the large wraparound couch in the living room to the stainless-steel kitchen island;

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... from the balustrade bookshelf along the stairway to the wall night-lights made of aluminum panels with cut-outs of fireflies, fish, and frogs;

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... from wall-to-wall beds where people sleep foot-to-foot to overhanging bunk beds floating in the landscape

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It is a playground for architects, children, and adults, a vacation colony lost in the countryside."

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La Cornette took the Ordre des architectes du Qu├ębec Jury's 1st prize for single-family residential buildings in their 2011 Awards of Excellence in Architecture.

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