Located on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships, the Lachance House is a secondary residence designed for two clients in the prime of life who are native to the region, and alternate between Montreal and Magog. During the design, the two clients who love the land, nature and music, quickly expressed the desire for a home with an open living area. The starting point for the architecture is the immediate landscape and the scenic beauty of the surroundings. Large scale agricultural lands and valleys, whose only visual limits are wooden fences and stone walls, extend to the horizon and open again to other mountainous landscapes.
The house naturally absorbs this idea of the local panoramic landscape, except that the limits of a fence are used here to define the space, creating a place for the program by trapping the substance of landscape in its center. The vernacular typology of the Eastern Townships, with the wooden farm buildings and sustainable structures made of field stone, is reinterpreted to define the contemporary house now opened generously to the landscape.
Photo credits: Adrien Williams