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!
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”.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.