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'La Maison Gauthier' Uses Uncommon Materials Given the Context

 - May 22, 2018
References: archdaily
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