The New-Age Dogtrot House

The New-Age Dogtrot House

Project: Country House, Quebec, Canada

Architects: STOA Architecture, Canada

Located on a steep, lakeside and densely wooded site north of Montréal, this country home was planned for a couple wanting an easy indoor outdoor living space, well integrated to the site topography. The area is in southeastern Canada, which is characterised by mild springs, hot and sunny summers, breezy autumns, and five months of heavy snowfall in the winter. Thus, the transition from one season to the other happens very rapidly, making climatic variations quite significant.

With the intent of extending seasonal uses and allowing new ones, the house is made of two volumes and a central interstitial space framing a preferred view of the lake beyond while offering a covered access to the main entrance. The overall organisation is a contemporary reinterpretation of the ‘dogtrot house’ typology. The two volumes are covered by a continuous flat roof.

The first volume includes the living spaces and four bedrooms while the second consists of a screened porch and a garage.The architectural expression echoes the geological composition of the site, with rock stratification punctually emerging through the ground. Two long strata define the main floor and the roof. Mostly horizontal, they are slightly bent in three locations, in response to specific spatial conditions. The lower stratum hovers above the recessed base, enhancing the presence of exposed bedrock.

Eastern white cedar cladding was used for the exterior walls while Canadian western red cedar was chosen for the fascia, soffit and terrace applications. Full height glass panels enhance the desired indoor-outdoor relationship through transparency. A circular opening in the passage’s roof allows sun, rain or snow.

Photo credit: Normand Rajotte

Fact File

Design team: Louise Bédard, Karim Duranceau, Stéphanie Desautels, Stéphane Piché

Consultants: Boulva Verganelakis et Associés (Structural)

General Contractor: Gilles Malo Construction Inc

Built-up area: 420 m2 (4,520 sq ft)

Year of completion: 2012

Company names of products/materials used: Alumico Curtain Wall, SERIE 6175 HP, Canadian Western Red Cedar, Canadian Eastern White Cedar, Prelco Tempered Double Glass Sealed Units