In the snowy environs of Quebec's Laurentian Mountains, the vast majority of buildings are cottages made in the traditional log cabin style, but local studio Atelier Barda Architecture has found a way to give the occupants of 'La Maison Gauthier' a similar experience with unique materials. Rather than building yet another timber abode, the architects constructed a cozy winter home using red brick.
Brick is uncommon in the countryside, mostly because timber is so readily abundant. However, the material certainly has its benefits in a wintry context. It is a strong heat insulator, which is important considering the frigid winters that the Laurentian Mountains receive. It also adds a strong color to the landscape thanks to the red of the facade, so the landscape feels brighter and more dynamic.
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