A Return To Roots

Named the Break Residence, this spacious home on the shores of Lake Revdor in the Laurentians was designed to continue a family tradition.

Architects and designers, Jean-Sébastien Herr, Charles Côté, Magda Telenga, Andrée-Anne Godin, Emilie Vinet-Gagnon, and Baptiste Balbrick of MU Architecture; structural engineer, MA-TH; construction, Construction Metric; windows, Alumilex
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This property is the fulfilment of a man’s dream to build a welcoming home on the site where his grandfather had built his final house. Other than the need to protect the shoreline, the biggest challenge was to fit the building into a rather narrow lot to respect the original footprint while still creating a large residence of 6,700 square feet. “It’s rare to carry out a project like this on such a limited site. We therefore created different volumes over three levels,” explains architect Jean-Sébastien Herr, co-founder and co-president of MU Architecture.

The relatively compact, interlocking modules have large openings in the centre, creating a warm, inviting core. This gave the creators the idea of naming the house The Break. On the street side, the facade presents a more or less blank face to preserve privacy, while the lake side features extensive fenestration to enable the owners to enjoy the views fully.

Orange sofa and ottoman, Élément de base
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The central volume unifying all the levels of the home is full of natural light. Inside, the wood-clad ceilings soften and complement the stone wall that runs through all three floors, anchoring the home. “It’s made of quartzite, a stone composed of strata dating back thousands of years, and its history is very important to the owner,” explains Herr.

The choice of materials and hues used throughout the house was inspired by the colours of this mineral with expressive veining reminiscent of moving water. Durable slate floors, maple flooring, and hemlock ceilings create a calming atmosphere. At the homeowner’s request, most of the elements used in the project were purchased locally.

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Cabinetry, Illo; Sky Gold Quartzite countertops; dining room furniture, Interversion; Nyra 60 linear suspension, Tech Lighting; fireplace, Stûv America
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Designed as a space for family get-togethers as well as one that respects everyone’s privacy, the residence was influenced by the idea of a high-end hotel. Each floor has its own fireplace and lounge area with views of the lake, creating a flow that is both seamless and pleasant. The ongoing contact with fire and nature provides a sense of absolute well-being and peace, which is heightened by the array of comfortable furniture.

On the rear facade, balconies evoking ships’ decks prolong the interior space, enabling visitors to take full advantage of the outdoors. While there is a strong architectural contrast between the front and back of the home, the overall effect is perfectly harmonious, graceful, and free of ostentation, despite the immense living area.

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Landscape architect, Artis Paysage; windows, Alumilex
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Clad in white cedar, the house blends into the greenery surrounding it. The landscape architect used stone for the patios and walkways and carefully positioned large rocks found on the property to reinforce the desired natural appearance. Inside and out, the home is designed to maximize the joys of contemplating nature and hosting gatherings. It is a place where hospitality and the good life are the order of the day.


Photos Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard

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Elevator, Savaria; sofa, round table, chaise longue, and cubic table, Élément de base; works of art, private collection
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