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Stirring up memories from our cherished childhood stories, Ar. Jean Verville recreates a “fairytale” family cabin in Montreal, Canada.
Nestled in the privacy of a hemlock forest, FAHOUSE symbolises a home that seems to emerge right out of a children's fantasy tale. Sitting amidst the woods, the black house rises like two giant conifers, intensifying the dreamlike aspect of this architectural proposal.
Built for a couple and their two children, Jean Verville’s archetypal house has a double triangular prism that perfectly illustrates childhood; he emphasises the elongated shape of the land by a promenade along a blind wall. A wide exterior staircase revealing the natural slope leads to the ground floor and welcomes newcomers under an imposing cantilever that defines the covered terrace.
The large opaque door opens into a vibrant lobby that extends to the mysterious forest. The living area enjoys glass walls, effectively eliminating the boundary between built form and nature.
The staircase joins the ground floor while granting access to the perched areas of the two volumes. The first area, housing the toddlers’, displays a large bunk bed welcoming friends to share fun-filled activities. A few stairs up leads to the second volume – that of the parents’, which looks like a beehive composed of a succession of cells each offering a distinctive ritual.
In a surprising mirror effect, the bedroom doubles as a bathroom, offering two simple and soothing volumes suspended between earth and sky. In contrast, the graphic display of the impressive family shower room promises a different experience for daily ablutions. The upper floor evokes the lair of the whale to brighten the imagination and allow for a colourful world of unbelievable adventures.
As in all his works, even here the architect uses the architectural promenade as material to develop the spatial qualities of his experiments.
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