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La Cornette by Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes

By • Jan 23, 2011

La Cornette is a country house open to the pastoral landscape that surrounds it.

Designed by and located in Cleveland, Quebec in Canada, the house (3,000 sq ft) is designed to accommodate two families.

The main attraction of the house is its south gable that looks like a nun’s cornet wimple.

La Cornette offers a resting place for all guests in a series of bedrooms and unusual sleeping areas.

La Cornette by Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes:

“An out-scaled structure, like the agricultural buildings that surround it, the house is both traditional in its morphology and innovative in its use of materials. Shingled with raw fibre-cement panels on the walls and roof, it is a house beyond the domestic scale, simple and rot-proof, capable of standing the test of time. The house is striated with bands of horizontal windows, giant louvers that cut the sun at its most powerful, with new points of view at each level. It is protected by its wimple from the hot summer sun and inundated with light in the winter, needing neither air-conditioning nor heating on sunny days.

The interior is in wood, painted or natural, in planks or panels, composed almost exclusively of made-to-measure furniture pieces:

  • from the refectory table for meals to the day table with hideaway television set;
  • from the large wraparound couch in the living room to the stainless-steel kitchen island;
  • from the balustrade bookshelf along the stairway to the wall night-lights made of aluminum panels with cut-outs of fireflies, fish, and frogs;
  • from wall-to-wall beds where people sleep foot-to-foot to overhanging bunk beds floating in the landscape.

It is a playground for architects, children, and adults, a vacation colony lost in the countryside.”

Photos courtesy of Yiacouvakis Hamelin Architectes

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