Charming Lakeside House Uses Corten Steel With Blend In With Nature

Situated on the shore of Lake Charlebois in the region of Sainte-Marguerite-du-Lac-Masson in Canada, this house has a very intriguing design, appearing to be composed out of two separate and independent volumes. One of the volumes is a two-storey module with an exterior clad in corten steel and the other is a single-storey space with a black dyed cedar exterior shell. The two volumes are arranged to form an L-shaped floor plan.

The corten steel facade already has a weathered look and will change color over time to better blend in with natureView in gallery
The corten steel facade already has a weathered look and will change color over time to better blend in with nature
This material gives the house a rugged industrial appearance which is softened by the cedar clad volumesView in gallery
This material gives the house a rugged industrial appearance which is softened by the cedar clad volumes
The house was designed to be bright and open to nature and to take advantage of the views towards the lakeView in gallery
The house was designed to be bright and open to nature and to take advantage of the views towards the lake

The house which is designed by Paul Bernier Architecte is just as beautiful on the inside. It sits on a wooden and slightly sloped site and the owners wanted most of the spaces to be level with the land. The internal floor plan is organized into two wings, one being a day zone and the other being a more private volume. The area where the two wings meet is a two-storey space which has a garage at the bottom and a guest bedroom and office space at the top. A series of floating stairs connects the two floors.

There's a strong contrast between the cedar and cortel steel volumes but the two complement each other beautifullyView in gallery
There’s a strong contrast between the cedar and cortel steel volumes but the two ultimately complement each other beautifully
The floating stairs have a very sleek and sculptural appearance and are delicately complemented by a slender handrailView in gallery
The floating stairs have a very sleek and sculptural appearance and are complemented by a slender handrail
The wooden stairs contrast with the polished concrete flooring and the dark gray wallsView in gallery
The wooden stairs contrast with the polished concrete flooring and the dark gray walls
The upper level volume is open both to the exterior and to the space downstairsView in gallery
The upper level volume is open both to the exterior and to the space downstairs
The L-shaped floor plan forms a private courtyard with access to the lake View in gallery
The L-shaped floor plan forms a private courtyard with access to the lake
A porch extends the indoor living spaces outdoors and serves as a buffer between them and the surrounding landscapeView in gallery
A porch extends the indoor living spaces outdoors and serves as a buffer between them and the surrounding landscape
The day spaces house the living, dining and kitchen areas and have full-height windows and glass doorsView in gallery
The day spaces house the living, dining and kitchen areas and have full-height windows and glass doors
The house is open to nature and to the views but also maintains a high degree of privacy in relation to the neighbors View in gallery
The house is open to nature and to the views but also maintains a high degree of privacy in relation to the neighbors
The site has a gentle slope and the house molds onto the land, keeping its spaces level with the groundView in gallery
The site has a gentle slope and the house molds onto the land, keeping its spaces level with the ground
The sunny living area opens onto a porch and welcomes natural light and lake views insideView in gallery
The sunny living area opens onto a porch and welcomes natural light and lake views inside
The contrast between the facades of the two wings is strong but also pleasant and in tone with the landscapeView in gallery
The contrast between the facades of the two wings is strong but also pleasant and in tone with the landscape
The interior design of the house is kept simple and with a focus on natural and pure materials and colorsView in gallery
The interior design of the house is kept simple and with a focus on natural and pure materials and colors
The master bedroom has access to a private porch as well and features full-height windows and sliding glass doorsView in gallery
The master bedroom has access to a private porch as well and features full-height windows and sliding glass doors