Château de Cartes: A Simple, Light Structure Composed of a Multitude of ‘Cards’

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YH2 Architecture was trusted to build a country house in the woods in the Eastern Townships, Austin, Quebec. The house was constructed as inspired by a house of cards. The end result is a house with a simple and light structure composed of equal-sized panels which resemble a multitude of ‘cards’. The project itself was finished in 2005 and designed on a 2200 square foot area.

Château de Cartes

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The idea of this project came from the vernacular architecture of the Eastern Townships. Then the firm decided to combine these traditional elements with innovative cladding made of clinker-built thin cement panels which were atypically scaled in measurement 1 x 80 x 120 cm.

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The cladding itself can be considered economical, rot-proof, environmentally friendly, and maintenance –free. Overall, the Château de Cartes is a place that emphasizes its poetic nature beyond the domestic scale; light and heavy or solid and fragile.

Change in Altitude

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To take advantage of the change in altitude, the Château de Cartes was built perpendicular to the slope of the terrain. Topped by a single roof, the building slopes in successive levels.

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Meanwhile, the single roof covers the garage and the level of the access road. Château De Cartes A Simple Light Structure Composed Of Multitude Of Cards 4

It also comes with intermediary level created by the swimming pool and its partially covered terrace.

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The roof also houses the 3-level main building consisted of the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bedroom. All the levels overlook the mountainous landscape.

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When it comes to the interior, Château de Cartes offer spacious interior open to its exterior and nature covered for protection from the extreme weathers. It is a perfect vacation home that closes to nature.

Via YH2 Architecture

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