Atelier Boom-Town completes Quebec getaway "like a piece of driftwood" - architecture and design

Atelier Boom-Town completes Quebec getaway "like a piece of driftwood"



Montreal architecture firm Atelier Boom-Town has covered this holiday home overlooking the estuary of Quebec's Saint Lawrence River in cedar planks that will gradually silver in contact with the sea air.
The holiday residence named Driftwood Chalet was completed in Quebec's La Malbaie. The area known for views of the estuary, which is located downstream of the Saint Lawrence River.

"Between sky and river, this small structure stands in an impressive landscape," said Atelier Boom-Town in a project description.
"The development takes shape here, like a piece of driftwood, carried by time and currents, offering a haven of relaxation, humble and discreet, set against the opulent beauty of the landscape."

Atelier Boom-Town designed the home as two intersecting volumes, which are intended to draw on the form of traditional Canadian farmhouses found built nearby. Dark sheet metal forms roof and accent details to contrast walls covered with untreated cedar that will weather and acquire a silvery patina over time.

"The oxidation from contact with sea air will gradually give the cedar the silvery hue characteristic of seaside dwellings," said Atelier Boom-Town.
For the interiors, the architects chose a minimal approach, using monochrome tones and wooden accents. Polished concrete slabs run along the ground floor to form two split levels to increase the living space.

"Each space is designed to meet the needs of occupants, consistent with a minima...
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