Here at est, we’re always partial to a dose of design from our French Canadian friends. This time Montreal firm
Masked by spruce and birch trees, the red brick home reveals itself with strength and simplicity. The exterior takes explicit cues from the European stable; explored by Atelier Barda during the initial design phase. The horsey home also draws inspiration from the traditional country Canadian homes, with its huge gable roof covered in black metal cladding. Perhaps the most subtle point of influence was the clients’ marked interest in American minimalist painters and her own ceramics studio. This creativity flowed into the floor plan and the integration of simple geometric shapes into the interior.
With these defined influences, it was decided the home should connect two distinct areas with a V-shaped plan. One wing is for the garage and ceramic studio and the other for the shared and private areas. The curved hallway “forms a threshold” between these two wings and with its lower ceiling, produced a sensation of darkening and narrowing. Then, transitioning out of the hallway, it’s an abundance of light and volume in the communal living areas. This is what Atelier Barda fittingly call the “chiaroscuro effect”; artistic lingo for contrasting light and shade in drawing or painting.
What’s particularly special about the Gauthier House is the showcase of
Gauthier House is far more than a place to reside — it’s a sanctuary to live and create. The home is a testament to the exceptional work of Atelier Barda, considering every detail of the interior, exterior and all of the elements that fill it.
“Separated from the living area by a thick dividing wall, the bedrooms and bathroom are organised within the fold of the V-shaped volume of the house, creating an intimate, introspective ambiance.”
— Atelier Barda