Montreal, January 19, 2011 – Built on the slope of a small hill, La Cornette is a country house open to the pastoral landscape that surrounds it. Under a soaring roof resembling a nun’s cornet wimple is a roomy dwelling modelled on traditional Quebec houses of old that lodged large families and their relatives. This house for celebrations and holidays, designed for two families, is set into the naturally uneven terrain in a way that brings each level into direct contact with the surrounding natural environment. It offers a resting place for all guests under its large gable in a series of bedrooms and unusual sleeping areas.
The house is both traditional in its morphology and innovative in its use of materials. Shingled with raw fibre-cement panels on the walls and roof, it is a house beyond the domestic scale, simple and rot-proof, capable of standing the test of time.
It is protected by its wimple from the hot summer sun and inundated with light in the winter, needing neither air-conditioning nor heating on sunny days.
The interior is in wood, painted or natural, in planks or panels, composed almost exclusively of made-to-measure furniture pieces.
It is a playground for architects, children, and adults, a vacation colony lost in the countryside.
Site: Township of Cleveland, Québec
Area: 3,000 square feet
Year of construction: 2008 / 2009 / 2010
yh2 design team: Marie-Claude Hamelin,
Project manager: yh2
Builder: Emmanuel Yiacouvakis