The Wooden Wing House

Playing on the duality of openness and opacity, day spaces and night spaces, YH2 delivered a thoughtful design for the Wooden Wing home in Lac-Supérieur, Canada.

  • area / size 3,498 sqft
  • Year 2015
  • Location Lac-Supérieur, Canada,
  • Type House,
  • The Wooden Wing is a large cottage on the shores of Lac Supérieur, in Quebec’s Laurentians.

    The house is perched on a sizeable outcrop of granite bedrock, giving it a commanding yet intimate view of the lake and Mont Tremblant, on the other side.

    The living spaces sit on a large, semi-polished concrete slab raised slightly above the natural outcrop, putting the house in close contact with its natural surroundings, from which it is separated by distinctive clear glass walls.

    A white cedar roof – the wooden wing – boast ample eaves overhanging the glassed-in volume, protecting the living spaces from excessive direct sunlight and providing shelter for outdoor sitting areas, which extend the interior rooms organically.

    Perpendicular to the wooden wing, a nearly opaque two-story volume holds the house’s service areas and bedrooms.

    The house plays on the duality of openness and opacity, day spaces and night spaces.

    The use of a limited palette of materials – white cedar, polished concrete, black aluminum and clear glass – both inside and out helps erase the boundaries between architecture and nature.

    Design: YH2
    Design Team: Karl Choquette, Marie-Claude Hamelin, Étienne Sédillot, Loukas Yiacouvakis
    Contractor: Construction Pascal Rondeau
    PhotographyDavid Marien-Landry