This house, whose name refers to the brightest star in the Aquila constellation, is located in Cap-à-l’Aigle, in Quebec’s Charlevoix region. Altaïr means “The Flying Eagle,” which is fitting for a house whose “V” shape and long facades literally suspend over nature. While discrete from the street and closed to the north, it unfolds toward the river, as though in flight.
The house is formed by two longitudinal prisms laid up one on top of the other. A voluntary misalignment allows for contemplation of the scenery. The long glass facades provide different perspectives and framings of the river, the forest, and the city of Malbaie below.
Up close the house remains mysterious, camouflaged by the trees. The second floor massing casts over the entrance for protection. The hall faces a large, south-facing window with a view onto the cement pool, which seems to extend out to the river. The first floor has a guest wing, as well as a living room. The steel staircase is inviting and bright, and leads to the living areas.
The second floor is cantilevered and protrudes toward the river. The living areas flow into one another, and the completely open space provides a breathtaking view of the horizon. A vast terrace was built on the roof of the lower floor. The master suite is also located on this floor, slightly set back in the woods.
Both storeys are covered with a grey wooden facing. The facades that are hidden or protected by the roof overhangs are covered with Western cedar. This warm wood extends indoors to the ceiling, reinforcing the home’s fluidity with nature. A space that promotes peacefulness and contemplation, Altaïr is a new shining star in the backdrop of Charlevoix.
Photos : Adrien Williams