Nestled in a small clearing in a hemlock forest in Canada, FAHOUSE looks like a mysterious black house straight out of a children's fairy tale. The architect, Jean Verville, reimagined the archetypal pitched roof house and transformed it into two distinct, attached volumes that create whimsical spaces for two young professionals and their two kids.
The house has an interesting graphic quality, with its black exterior and simple shape, highlighting the difference between dark and light. Despite its imposing appearance, the house actually blends well within its surroundings. The space offers a variety elements that merge the indoors and out, such as large glass walls
The architects worked closely with the clients to capture the playfulness of the relationship between the parents and the kids. A promenade running along the blind wall of the first volume leads to a terrace sheltered under a large cantilever. The main entrance leads into a vibrant lobby, while the large glass walls extend the main living spaces far beyond the physical boundary of the house.
Two bunk beds occupy the kids’ room, which is a playful nest in one peak of the house, with a few stairs leading to the second peak where parents’ bedrooms are located. The rooms feel like they are nestled high in the treetops. In this way, both volumes reference natural environments, from animal lairs in the lower floor of the home, to bird nests in the second level.
Photos by Maxime Brouillet