Canadian firm Architecture Casa constructed a cozy cabin along Quebec’s St. Lawrence River that exists in harmony with its surroundings. Elevated atop parallel concrete blades, the House in Saint-Simeon minimizes site impact, allows water to flow beneath, and overlooks beautiful river views. Installment of an airtight envelope, use of recycled materials, and adherence to passive solar principles earned this project LEED Gold certification.
Set atop a rocky slope, the House in Saint-Simeon and its surrounding walkways and terraces are elevated above the ground to mitigate the uneven terrain. The single-story cabin is clad in cross-laminated timber with sufficient strength and stiffness to resist earthquake forces. Several elements were recycled from an old convent. The modest and modern exterior is mirrored in the interior design, which features a minimally furnished open-plan living area and three bedrooms. Naturally finished timber planks line the walls and are visually balanced by a white ceiling and dark concrete floors.
To achieve LEED Gold certification, the cabin minimized its energy footprint with a radiant concrete slab, a southeast-facing timber curtain wall, oversized roof overhangs to mitigate solar heat gain, and airtight insulation. Large windows let in natural light and create a bright and airy interior environment. The segregated public and private areas each open up to a raised outdoor terrace on either side of the home.