Sandwiched between the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, this house on the island of Saint-Ignace-de-Loyola in Quebec, Canada, has no choice but to embrace nature. Nathalie Thibodeau Architecte designed the modern home to take advantage of its waterfront views with open, airy rooms and expansive windows.
The residence is designed as two pavilions that sit side by side and are separated by a small courtyard. The smaller pavilion is clad in dark wood slats and houses an artist studio.
The larger of the volumes is wrapped in light, stained cedar, with one corner carved out for the covered front entrance. Inside, the open-plan living room, dining area, and kitchen all look out to the rear deck and sweeping river views. A glass wall and terrace off the other side of the living area maintain sight lines of the river for a true indoor-outdoor feel.
With cleans lines, white walls, and relatively neutral furnishings throughout, the home does little to take away from its natural surroundings. We’d say it got its priorities right.