|Project Name||Aframe Rehab by Subtraction||Posted in||Residential||Location||
|Architect||Jean Verville architecte||Area (sqm)||64|
Nestled deep in the woods of Canada's enchanting Laurentian Mountains, tucked beside a lake in the musically-named municipality of St Adolfe d'Howard, architect Jean Verville has redesigned a tiny house that seems ripe to be used as a location in an upcoming children's movie. Built in collaboration with François Bodlet and contractor, Patrick Bertrand, this 64 m² A-frame structure is intensely minimalist while at the same time being a wonderful illustration that great things do indeed come in small packages.
Originally built in the 1960s, the interior was wholly demolished and its layout completely laid bare allowing the architect to fully "exploit" the structure's triangular form. The new layout creates a space that is a relaxed escape for its owners - a family with children - which encourages a symbiosis between the members of the family as well as between the family and nature.
Everything from the light wood flooring to the stark white walls creates the perfect foil that allows its residents and their guests to take a deep breath and clear their thoughts from the clutter of their day-to-day urban lives. The small in square footage yet open plan living space and kitchen area boasts a much more expansive feel thanks in part to the double height ceiling, as well as the expansive views over the lake that flow in through the wide windows on three sides of the room.
Meanwhile, upstairs, cozily nestled within the roof's triangular alcove, the "children's den" is unquestionably a special place that encourages young imaginations to run wild. What little girl couldn't imagine herself as a modern-day Rapunzel, looking down over proceedings from her tower? Beside the daughters' room, the bright and airy master bedroom's design is punctuated by a "window" on the floor, which looks down into the open plan, stainless steel kitchen.
Stepping outside the living room's wide windows and onto the deck, the feeling of cozy expansiveness continues. For if one is to look past the dark wood frame structure over the lake, and the blue sky and deep green of their surroundings, it becomes obvious that they are indeed characters in the story that they are writing every time they escape the city to visit this storybook getaway.