Canadian architecture firm, Atelier Pierre Thibault has unveiled Le Grand Plateau; a beautifully serene lakeside house built on slender metal stilts. Located 60 meters above Lac Heron in Quebec's Laurentides region and strategically built on a tree-covered bluff, the private residence appears as if it's floating out of the forest canopy.
The unique location of the home, along with its height, offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. For optimal viewing from every angle, the architects built a wrap-around terrace that covers the entire roof, giving the house its moniker of Le Grand Plateau. Even more advantageous for anyone looking to enjoy the view in case of inclement weather, a large glass-enclosed sitting area sits in the middle of the terrace. According to the architects, the picturesque location set the tone for the design right from the start of the project, “The main thing we wanted to achieve was the illusion of a grand plateau that would seem to be floating on a very steep hillside.”
The home’s entrance leads into an open-concept living, dining, and kitchen area with floor-to-ceiling windows which allow for incredible views over the lake. To continue the connection with the building’s forest surroundings, wood was used for the interior ceilings and flooring. On the opposite side of the home facing the hillside, the home’s three bedrooms have large narrow horizontal windows, further bringing the serenity of the surrounding forest into the interior.
Photography by Alain Laforest