House by the Lake by ACDF Architecture
ACDF Architecture, a Canadian studio, have designed the House by the Lake close to the shores of Lake Memphremagog in Magog, Canada. The goal of this home’s design is to satisfy the need of the owners for a second home that will demonstrate their desire to return to a steady lifestyle. It uses simple technologies while the materials that it is made of require very little maintenance.
The key focus of the design of the House by the Lake is openness. It is surrounded by a beautiful landscape and the architects wanted to provide the residents of this home with striking and unobstructed views of the immediate surroundings.
Located on the shores of Lake Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships, the House on the Lake is a secondary residence designed for two clients in the prime of life who are native to the region, and alternate between Montreal and Magog. During the design, the two clients who love the land, nature and music, quickly expressed the desire for a home with an open living area. The starting point for the architecture is the immediate landscape and the scenic beauty of the surroundings. Large scale agricultural lands and valleys, whose only visual limits are wooden fences and stone walls, extend to the horizon and open again to other mountainous landscapes. The house naturally absorbs this idea of the local panoramic landscape, except that the limits of a fence are used here to define the space, creating a place for the program by trapping the substance of landscape in its center. The vernacular typology of the Eastern Townships, with the wooden farm buildings and sustainable structures made of field stone, is reinterpreted to define the contemporary house now opened generously to the landscape