Hatley house, Hatley, QC


The site of this house in rural Eastern Quebec is typical of the region. It’s rolling farmlands are in this case used as grazing grounds for cattle. The decrepit existing farmhouse and adjacent barn were also typical of the region, a combination of pitched roof volumes intersecting one another. 

The project explored the possibility of retaining some elements of the original farmhouse structures by reinterpreting them in an abstract, minimal language. The final design raises three double height wings with identical proportions but varying sizes and orientation, connected side by side but never intersecting. The base of the roofline remains always the same, creating a uniform horizon for all the windows and walls of the house. Sitting on a slightly raised square concrete platform placed on the highest point of the land, the three connected volumes and the three adjacent terrasses form a coherent ensemble, offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. 

Agricultural precedents are reworked in both the form and materiality of the architecture, producing 50 deg pitched roofs of galvalum steel and a deep timber lattice façade. Full-height openings and skylights in every double height fill the interiors with natural light and with views out to the agrarian landscape.

Date : 2016 -
Client : private
Ingénieur en structure : Lateral conseil
Budget : 750 000 $ CAN
Phase : in construction
Images : Pelletier de Fontenay

In collaboration with François Abbott