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Les Elfes Brick House by Alain Carle Architecte

Located on a mountainside in a town in the Laurentian Mountains region of Quebec, the Les Elfes is a brick cladding single family residence that built for two retired owners.

Architects: Alain Carle Architecte
Location: Morin Heights, Québec, Canada
Photographs: Adrien Williams

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By distributing the volume of the building among several “blocks” oriented to specific points of view, the house bring out a series of modest landscapes created by the assembly of the constructed forms.

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In facades, the brick cladding links the exterior envelope to the stones, a continuous Toog wood wall is deployed on the brick fragments and acts as a perceptual referent of the whole by creating a new horizon line.

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Inside, the floors also are made of Toog wood, contrast with minimalist white walls. A small inner courtyard serves as a counterpoint to the great terrace overlooking the valley, located opposite the same block accommodating the day rooms.

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Inspiration from architects:

The monumentality of the landscape presented to the observer from several rocky peaks was contradictory, in my opinion, with the scenic qualities required by the intimacy of the habitat. It was therefore necessary to design an anti-monument and create a sort of observation “device” by way of a building.