“Rustic” can mean log cabins and taxidermy, but it absolutely doesn’t have to. Case in point: This 3,600-square-foot, timber-glass-and-steel dwelling in St-Adolphe D’Howard, Quebec, Canada, courtesy of Montreal firm MU Architecture.
Designed for clients who insisted the house embrace its sloped site and feel at one with its surroundings (or, at least, as one as an architect-designed holiday home can be), the three-level Estrade Residence—as it’s called—is made of a series of stacked black-stained and unvarnished cedar volumes that appear to float on a hefty base.
Inside, light-filled open plan spaces flow from one to the other in the way we’ve come to expect from modern homes, but with a warmth we don’t always find. It helps that the floors and ceilings—as well as the backs of some built-in shelving, as in the living room—are made of light wood of varying widths. It’s no small thing, too, that broad windows and sliding doors let sunlight and air in.
Because what’s a vacation home without a jacuzzi and a pool, there’s one on the grounds. Take a full look around over at Designboom.