A Modern Barn House Design Blends Tradition with the Environment

By: Emilie Picillo - Published: Mar 20, 2014 • References: architecture-mu and design-milk
Located in the Charlevoix region of Quebec, Canada, the Malbaie VIII Residence, La Grange is a modern barn house executed by MU Architecture as part of the Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle development. It's a reinterpretation of a traditional barn that sits atop a ridge and surrounds itself by a forest.

The home fits into the rugged landscape thanks to its barn-like shape and exterior that's clad in white cedar planks and dark gray metal. A break in the form becomes a terrace on the top floor, allowing the residents to enjoy views of the St. Lawrence River. Below the terrace is another cut to the volume, marking the covered entrance to the home.

The interior is graced with concrete floors and wood clad walls to form a welcoming environment and ground floor. Large windows bring the natural light in making the house look open and airy.