Inspiration may come from decades past, but the design for this home is contemporary through and through. In the Vallee du Parc Residence, Frank Lloyd Wright’s approach to natural surroundings is brought to life by Chevalier Morales Architectes who have built a family home in the grassy fields of Mauricie, Quebec. The 4,671-square-foot (434-square-metre) house blends into the landscape, with architecture inspired by natural surroundings.
Taste for Nature
The design of the angular roof is much like the slanting hills in the background. It may seem like a coincidence to me, but Chevalier Morales Architectes did not just stumble upon this juxtaposition. They carefully took inspiration from the milieu.
Undoubtedly, you will appraise the prominent roof from the exterior view of this house. What’s even more appealing is how the sharp, geometric shapes are projected on the inside of the structure. The ceiling looks edgy, creating depth and dimension as you tour the house and down the hallway. Take a look!
Playing with Light and Reflections
“Organic architecture,” as Wright would have put, is structure that is designed based on “the bond between humanity and its environment.” The irregular planes of the roof were attached to the house in their entirety, allowing a balancing act of light and reflection. Sunlight can freely flood into the house, and the view of raindrops running down the giant windows intertwines us with nature.
Walls are surrounding the reflective glass, paired with dark chocolate wooden planks to highlight the facade as the natural light bounces off. The residence features a garden along with six bedrooms, four bathrooms, and two family rooms.
Is the ‘Inside’ Really Inside?
Magnificent amount of sunlight comes in through the full-length glazed windows, which is exactly what the designers were looking to do. The light creates a playful ambiance around the house, which is heartwarming and perfect for a family that loves nature.
There’s barely any barrier between the outdoors and indoors because of the black steel casement floor-to-ceiling windows. Being only separated from the outside by the glazing fenestration is a cause for concern over less privacy. Nevertheless, it isn’t any doubt that the abundance of natural illumination is key to an energy-saving home.
Seamless design of the stove is instilled onto a long marble table at the kitchen. It is an open kitchen that flows freely facing the vast living area and dining table. The family is always connected as the aroma of delicious cooking floats around the house.
A Geometric Home Design
What’s more? The composition inside the house is not so different from crafting lines and angles onto a drawing book. The color palette highlights the figures with a sharp contrast of black and white, occasionally dark brown hues. All the white spaces almost make it minimalistic. Almost. Yet, the furnishing are decorated with pastel materials ranging from peachy orange to some leaf greens, creating a contemporary habitat.
Most of the storage space is eloquently placed into built-in wall closets with sliding mirror doors.
Vallee du Parc is home to a family that loves to stay close together, and cozy in modern architecture. It is designed to provide maximum natural lighting through the outdoors and the reflective surfaces. All the bright, colorful decor adds joy to the home. My favorite element of the home is that it welcomes heaps of sunshine, and the pretty garden that’s surrounding the home is a bonus on a good day. All in all, anyone who has a thing for shapes and playful geometric lines, will fall in love with this residence inside out.