Limitations make family home big by Hors-Champs
Tight budgets, short construction time, and local architectural traditions proved to be not restrictive, but quite the contrary, very inspirational for this family home in Saint-Sauveur, Quebec. Instead of backing off, architecture office Hors-Champs brought the best out of what the clients have commissioned: a basic, multi-functional space open to the landscape, that takes a nod to old architectural styles.
The result is a single-storey house with a simple, grid-based layout of 3 sequences. The minimal structure and furnishings make the spaces capable of hosting various functions. The large French windows, featured in all rooms, provide direct connection between the inside and outside, just like the grey tile flooring the inner spaces and outer terrace share. Grey is the characteristic shade of the outer shell as well, as the house got a dark grey iron cladding. This is a subtle echo of local tobacco dryer architecture, referencing the agricultural buildings of South-West France that are long, narrow structures clad with wood painted with motor oil.
The roofs are also reminiscent of the Périgord style featuring 4 sides, with a practical overhanging feature that provides protection from the sun and harsh rain.In order to maintain the short construction time, building panels have been prefabricated, and for the sake of economy, furniture was made of two-layered birch wood and painted white OSB.
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