Nestled within the vales of the Japanese Townships, close to the Vermont border, the Abercorn Chalet is the brainchild of Laurent Guez, designer and companion at Tux Creative. His goal was to create a singular residing expertise by means of structure, embodying contrasts of concord, open areas and comfy areas.
From the street, the home seems like a modest modern cottage. Nonetheless, it really consists of 4 giant interconnected modules with a number of offset façades, every containing ample home windows that overlook an in-ground pool and a storage/workshop. “The group of buildings is paying homage to a farm, with a central courtyard and outbuildings,” says Guez.
3 Picture Gallery: Playful Rural House by Tux Creative
When Opposites Entice
Opposites are freely expressed right here, significantly within the alternative of supplies: wooden, concrete, corrugated metal or chequered metal plate and industrial steel. The uncooked character of such supplies enhances the structure, which expands by means of a succession of volumes and views, giving it “a heat character, a playful spirit and loads of soul,” Guez provides.
This progressive discovery ploy additionally applies to inside areas. The association of the home windows, which permits to glimpse the motion between the modules, the contribution of a footbridge, mild from pierced ceilings and a minimal quantity of doorways combine this strategy: “I wished to create a spacious and discreet residing house the place each piece affirms its character and encourages an interconnection, robust and intuitive.”
Standard Rooms Revisited
The main bedroom has some stunning options: crossing the walk-in and the lavatory results in the bed room, an strategy that reimagines the codes of conference in favour of the expertise.
One other instance of revisited rooms: the visitor rooms. Being momentary residing areas, they don’t have shelving or cupboards, subsequently putting all of the emphasis on the view outside. Even the dimensions of the doorways are non-conventional, one being reworked to an 11-foot top, is discovered close to one other that’s 6 ft tall.
The Kitchen: A Skilled Playground
Within the kitchen, somewhat than a normal complement of cupboards, the house is organized round two purposeful islands, recalling a restaurant kitchen. The structure showcases cookware, cookbooks, seasonings and elements saved in picket baskets. This association encourages play and exploration. Positioned at one finish of the home, the kitchen is surrounded by home windows. Fastidiously calculated angles of view encourage customers to ponder the patio, backyard and, within the distance, the area’s valleys. It’s an strategy that produces a sensation “of being each on the sidelines and within the coronary heart of the motion,” says Guez, who developed his imaginative and prescient with architect Guillaume Kukucka.
Inspirations: Trade, BarnsandCampgrounds
“I’ve by no means seen a undertaking like this one!” This sentence he has heard many occasions amongst his stakeholders and suppliers, voluntarily chosen regionally. “They had been very proud and motivated to take part within the creation of the residence.”
“Consider a pig barn,” he would inform them with amusing, making an attempt to shock them whereas mentioning the undertaking’s tough and enjoyable sides. The inside use of conventional exterior cladding, like corrugated or profiled sheet metal, painted black or gold, disrupts reference factors and induces a sensation of being outdoors, in one other place, whereas really being inside. “You get the identical impact when tenting, the place you are feeling as if you’re a part of nature and but are protected.”
The hearth additionally showcases an industrial spirit, with dimensions to match, whereas the sinks and bathtubs, each salvaged and bought second hand, are totally restored to life.
The northern orientation of the lot and sure different constraints led to the optimization of the constructing’s positioning, and to a intelligent association of the home windows—together with the skylights—to favour the entry of sunshine, in response to the hour of day, the seasons and lives being lived inside the home. “I analyzed the trajectory of the solar, and I additionally modelled its reflections on the sheet-metal partitions. Because the hours go by, the sunshine creates attention-grabbing shadows and animations,” he says.
Base Camp for Future Tasks
Impressed by structure, performance, suspense novels, tales, and Escher’s drawings of unbelievable constructions, Laurent Guez reconciles lightness and humour with rigor and rationality. With the crew at Tux, a Montreal-based company serving a North American and European clientele, he plans to use the rules and inventive strategy of Chalet Abercorn to future initiatives of remarkable residences, lodges and leisure.
“This residence represents the sum of my skilled experiences, my childlike gaze, my research on the Ensaama College of Artwork and Design in Paris, and my travels. It embodies easy however highly effective concepts.”
Tux is a boutique company providing built-in design, artistic and advertising providers. Its crew favours a complete design strategy and strategic planning course of that produces tangible outcomes. It has received a number of worldwide awards, together with Cyber Lions de Cannes, CRÉA, Bees Awards, Model Innovators and A.R.E. Design Awards.
About Guillaume Kuckuka
An accredited architect in each France and Quebec, Guillaume Kuckuka has labored with companies and personal purchasers in Montreal since 2011, together with C2 Montréal, GsmProject, Cirque du Soleil and the McCord Museum.
Guillaume likes to design locations of their inhabitants’ picture. The Abercorn undertaking is the direct results of interviews with its homeowners.
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