In Canada, Toronto-based studio LAMAS has completed a modern farmhouse in North Hatley, Montreal, that references the 19th-century architecture of Quebec’s eastern townships.
Designed for a farmer and an artist, the working farm features a courtyard—traditionally used as a thoroughfare for livestock and materials and as a wind shelter—around which the residence is arranged. Now the courtyard functions to open up the home to the surrounding landscape by way of glazed passages.
Townships Farmhouse, as it’s called, comprises three sharp-peaked gabled volumes of varying sizes that are placed in a U-shape, with two of them parallel to one another, and the third set perpendicular to the larger of the first two. Corridors connect all three structures.
Where the exterior is clad in gray reclaimed wood from rundown barns in Ontario, the interiors are bright and modern, with white walls, vaulted ceilings or otherwise flat with exposed beams, pale hardwood floors, and herringbone brick flooring in parts. Large glass expanses, which can be covered by way of sliding barn doors on the facade—frame views of the fields on all sides.