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Cozy Brick Cottages

'La Maison Gauthier' Uses Uncommon Materials Given the Context

— May 22, 2018 — Art & Design
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.


Image Credit: Maxime Desbien, Juliette Busch
Trend Themes
1. Non-traditional Construction Materials - The use of unique materials in traditional settings, like the brick in 'La Maison Gauthier', presents an opportunity to disrupt the construction industry by offering new possibilities.
2. Improved Insulation Systems - Incorporating strong insulators like brick into construction designs to help better regulate indoor temperature represents an opportunity to innovate in the insulation industry.
3. Landscape-friendly Architecture - Building structures that complement and elevate natural landscapes, like the red brick of 'La Maison Gauthier', could set a trend towards landscape-friendly architecture.
Industry Implications
1. Construction - The architectural use of non-traditional materials like the brick in 'La Maison Gauthier' can disrupt the construction industry by offering innovative, ecological designs.
2. Insulation - Using stronger insulators in construction projects, like the brick in 'La Maison Gauthier', presents an opportunity to innovate the insulation industry and offer more durable solutions.
3. Architecture - Complimenting natural landscapes with unique architectural designs, like the red brick of 'La Maison Gauthier', can set a trend towards landscape-friendly architecture and present a new opportunity for the industry.
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