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Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda (CA)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 11.09.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Yves Lefebvre

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Yves Lefebvre

The client’s requirements for a secondary residence in the Eastern townships of Quebec were modest; an easy-to-maintain residence with spaces largely open to the surrounding nature, and be built from Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), which would, in turn, project a robust and brutish image.

 

 

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Frédéric Bouchard

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Frédéric Bouchard

Says Atelier Barda, “Consequently, a large volume composed of three programmatic subspaces – parent/living, loggia and children – requires for its residents to step outside in spite of the harsh winter climate in order to access adjacent spaces. This proposition which was promptly adopted by the clients enhances the occupants’ relation to nature, all the while being economically viable by only heating occupied spaces.”

 

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Frédéric Bouchard

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Frédéric Bouchard

“As a result, the loggia allows for the two entrances to be covered, an exterior eating area protected from insects, as well as forming an access to the eastern exterior corridor whose composed colonnade recalls the trees of the forest.”

 

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Yves Lefebvre

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Yves Lefebvre

“Formally, the project presents itself as a considerably sized monolithic fragment placed on site in an illusional manner. Far from blending in with the landscape, the black mass lends its place to the surrounding nature by way of stark contrast whose effects of light and shadow never cease to transform depending on the angle from which it is approached.”

 

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Frédéric Bouchard

Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda, photo: Atelier Barda, © Frédéric Bouchard

PROJECT DATA
Client: Private
Architects: Atelier Barda
Collaborators: General contractors, Construction B. Lepitre (building), Innovation routière Refcon inc. (infrastructure)
Completion: December 2013
Surface: 287 m2
Schedule: Conception & Design: February to May, 2013, Construction: May to November, 2013
Materials: Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), painted black spruce (cladding),
stained Mahogany (doors and windows), concrete (floors and foundations), elastomer membrane (roof), varnished exposed steel (guardrails), maple wood (interior millwork), Innovative use of exposed X-LAM (CLT) structure for interior finish

 

to the Atelier Barda website

 

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