The Less Than Project in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard

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The Less Than Project in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard

Building Development in Québec, Canada – design by Jean Verville architecte

7 Dec 2017

The Less Than Project

Design: Jean Verville architecte

Location: Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, the Laurentian Mountains, Quebec, Canada

The Less Than Project

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

Captivating, but above all ingenious, the Less Than project eloquently illustrates the fertile and insightful contribution resulting from the great collusion between architect Jean Verville and his clients.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The rehabilitation of this A-frame reflects the method of the architect who, approaching the essence of his clients’ everyday life, leads them to scrutinize their daily habits as well as their real family needs to surpass their own limitation.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

With the Less Than project Jean Verville continues his reflections on compact domestic spaces transgressing standardization. Challenging the initial hypothesis of lack of space, the architect opted instead for subtracting floor areas in favor of spatial quality. At the same time compressed and fragmented, stratified and unobstructed, the living area decreases from 950p2 to 690p2 (88 m2 à 64 m2 ) by intensively exploiting the densification of spaces.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

Of graphic nature, the vocabulary of the Less Than project results in a trigonometric poesy juggling with the emblematic A-frame triangular figure and expressing the geometric forms in order to offer an internal impulse to the project, while maintaining an assumed minimalism signature. The force emerging from the proposition imposes images triumphing over reality to propel us into an infinite territory, that of the imagination.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The cottage, built in the 1960s on an enchanting site of the Laurentians, presents the characteristic form of an A-frame construction. Once the interior demolished and the structure completely cleared from the inside, the architect exploits the triangular structural form rejecting the monotony of a pre-established spatial organization to develop a new layout that provides a relaxing feeling for this family retreat away from urban frenzy.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

From these choices originates a rhythmic plan, resulting in a compact spatial conditioning which gives the rehabilitation balance and coherence offering much more in quality than it loses in quantity.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The living space open to nature adjoins a compact kitchen area enjoying space clearance from the staircase as well as the double height of the structure. Playful and sparkling, the girls’ den offers a huge storage platform under the beds, always ready to welcome entertainment like friends, doubled with a reading corner nestled in a triangular alcove. This room all dressed in wood reveals a fascinating place entirely dedicated to childish games away from the living spaces of the ground floor.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin 

Ingeniously playing with scales, Verville managed to increase the perception of visual depth by exploiting limits and openings to admirably draw part of the density of this space. A window positioned on the floor of the master bedroom enhances the brightness of the kitchen area below, while offering a view of the lake from the bed optimizing the views of the surrounding nature.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

Swapping his mathematical thinking outside, the architect redraws a graphic volumetric whole unified by black. The subtractions applied to the four elevations pierce new openings pointing sometimes the lake, sometimes the sky, to better converse with the landscape.

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Less Than Project, Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard – Building Information

Location: St Adolfe d’Howard, Canada
Surface area: 64 m²/ 690 p²
Materials: Wood, gypsum panel, paint, ceramic, stainless steel
Collaborator: François Bodlet
Contractor: Patrick Bertrand

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

The Saint Adolphe-d'Howard Cabin

Photographs: Maxime Brouillet

The Less Than Project in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard images / information received 071217

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