Unique: that was the word that summed up the jury’s discussions of this project. Nestled on a wooded, hillside property in the Lanaudière region is an unusual cottage, an intriguing cubic structure whose dominant feature is a modular bench system. These modular bleacher-style units, which simultaneously serve as oversized furniture, bookshelves and structural elements, are made of wood and can be reconfigured according to need. The structure can be arranged to form tables, beds, shelves and seating areas. This unconventional and changeable interior topography is completed by movable blocks, which can serve as end tables, back rests or steps.The kitchen, bathroom and mechanical areas are relegated to the back, letting this modular agora—from where the surrounding nature may fully be enjoyed—be the star of the show.
Photo Credit: James Brittain Photography