Warm Minimalism by the Quebec Lakeside | NONAGON.style
Nature Meets Warm Minimalism in this Modern Quebec Lakehouse

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism in this Modern Quebec Lakehouse

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Written by –
Jess Ng
on November 8th 2017
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.
Project:

Estrade Residence

Design:

Set within the rocky topography and steep inclines of Quebec’s Lac de la Cabane, the Estrade Residence stands tall and sleek, all wood paneling and sandy stone, with a wraparound veranda to die for. Designed in total harmony with its environment, this lakeside hideaway makes a compelling case for indoor outdoor living. What’s more, this home’s moodier take on minimalism will have you re-thinking that all-white interior you’ve had your heart set on for the past year. Let’s take a closer look at this house, boasting warm minimalism and… a jacuzzi!

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Natural wood and stone facade of a Quebec lakehouse with outdoor terrace | NONAGON.style

Perched on a steep ridge directly overlooking the lake, the Estrade Residence consists of three blocks spread out over varying levels. The natural wood and stone facade takes its cue from the home’s natural environment, creating a “rich dialogue between architecture and the wild landscape”.

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Natural wood and stone side facade of a Quebec lakehouse | NONAGON.style
Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Warm minimalist living room with gray sofa and leather armchair | NONAGON.style

Inside, huge floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the open-plan living space with natural light. A palette of cool-toned grays and blacks complemented by natural woods and aged leather adds an interesting twist on the classic minimalist aesthetic. Though the ubiquitous white walls remain, the overall look reads warmer and friendlier – perfect for family living.

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Warm minimalist living room with floor-to-ceiling windows | NONAGON.style
Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Open plan living area with wood floors and big glass windows | NONAGON.style

Wood floors in the living area and terrace allow for a markedly seamless transition from the interior to exterior. Because who wouldn’t want to embrace indoor outdoor living when your house looks out onto a lake?

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Kitchen with black ash cabinets and walnut surfaces | NONAGON.style
Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Kitchen with black ash cabinets and breakfast bar | NONAGON.style

In the kitchen, black ash cabinetry and walnut surfaces make for a sophisticated – almost mid-century modern-esque – space. Meanwhile, the hanging iron pendant lights and chrome finishes add just a hint of industrial chic.

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Hallway with striking cedar wood and glass staircase | NONAGON.style

The cedar wood and glass staircase is without a doubt one of the home’s standout features. The absence of columns makes it look like the glass railings are levitating, thus giving an exaggerated impression of space.

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Staircase with floating glass balustrade | NONAGON.style
Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Bedroom with lilac bedding and soft textures | NONAGON.style

Upstairs houses the grown up parent suite. Calming lilac bedding and soft textures turn this room into a tranquil haven, complete with those same huge floor-to-ceiling windows seen downstairs.

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Bathroom with glossy black subway tiles and big window | NONAGON.style

Black glazed subway tiles dominate the bathroom. This is a bold choice, especially for a room of this modest size, but luckily the generous sized window keeps the space from looking dark and dingy.

Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Garden with lush landscaping and jacuzzi | NONAGON.style
Nature Meets Warm Minimalism: Outdoor terrace with stonework and wood accents | NONAGON.style

All in all, this lakeside home is a triumphant celebration of nature and warm minimalism. I’m particularly impressed with how MU Architecture allowed their design to be guided by the particular peculiarities of the site. The result is a visually stunning piece of architecture that has me dreaming about my very own home on the lake.

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