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Far-out ’70s funhouse on 74 acres asks $682K

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Like a really fancy hamster cage, but cooler, in Quebec

Modern house formed by stacked blocks and extended beams and terraces on grassy lot.
Inside-out but just right. The 1972 house is located in Saint-Damase-de-L’Islet in Quebec.
Photos via Sotheby’s International Realty

Canadian architect Jacques de Blois designed this wacky funhouse in 1972 in Saint-Damase-de-L’Islet, Quebec. Set on an impressive 74 acres in the Appalachians with views of St. Lawrence River and the Charlevoix mountains, the postmodern home features stacked blocks that together encompass a sprawling 22,604 square feet and include three bedrooms, two baths, and a number of common areas, portals, and terraces.

Reminiscent of the inside-outside architecture of the Centre Pompidou in Paris (which also dates back to the ’70s), the residence is characterized by a series of posts and beams that extend outward to create canopies and decks, and, in the interiors, a system of pavilion-like rooms accented by wood paneling, color blocking, circular windows and entryways, vaulted ceilings, and mezzanines.

Huge round windows, clerestory windows, and glass sliders flood the home with natural light while offering dynamic indoor-outdoor living opportunities. The maze-like network of tube hallways and spiral staircases even calls to mind a hamster cage—in the best possible way. According to WowHaus, its design was inspired by the Cuba pavilion at Expo 67, which happens to be the same World’s Fair where Moshe Safdie’s Habitat ’67 was first revealed.

Appearing virtually untouched with just a few updates, the property is offered at $875,000 CAD, or about $682,000 USD. Have a look.

Via: Sotheby’s International Realty, WowHaus