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Slate House / Affleck de la Riva architects

  • 01:00 - 11 November, 2014
Slate House / Affleck de la Riva architects
Slate House / Affleck de la Riva architects, © Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent

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  • Project Manager

    Richard de la Riva
  • Design Architect

    Richard de la Riva, Gavin Affleck
  • Project Team

    Brigitte Boudreau, Federico Carbajal, Julie Marchand
  • Structural Engineer

    D.L. Turner Consultants
  • Budget

    450000 $CA
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© Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent

Text description provided by the architects. Slate House was conceived as an in-situ installation that reveals a pre-existing landscape. Approached as a comprehensive reconfiguration of an entire site, the project considers the house as one component of a greater whole.

© Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent

Located in Laval, a suburb of Montreal, the site is a residual parcel in a new subdivision laid out over historic farmland. The project preserves features pre-dating the subdivision including natural topography, a small stream, and a mature deciduous grove.

Second Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan

Surrounded by lots whose terrain has been bulldozed to build tract houses, the project proposes an alternative: the conservation and enhancement of the site’s historic landscape and the reaffirmation of its agricultural and territorial memory.

© Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent

Slate House stands in sharp contrast to the tract houses that surround it. Orchestrating a progressive discovery from suburban street to interior courtyard to forest and stream, the house is a sheltered oasis in a unique pastoral setting. Two orthogonal volumes frame the courtyard and the natural change in grade from street to stream is used to slide a lower storey under the main level. Both floors open laterally to the courtyard, the stream, and the southwest sun.

© Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent

The program called for unique living accommodations that include a spacious garage and workshop for the owner’s collection of vintage automobiles and a full guest apartment. Located on the lower level, the guest apartment opens directly on the courtyard while the main living area above is connected to a wood gallery and a swimming pool.

Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

The building exterior combines natural slate shingles installed using traditional methods of assembly with sheet glass and factory-made aluminum windows. Commonly found in traditional religious architecture, the artisanal slate finds expression here as a resolutely contemporary material.

© Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent

Slate House integrates such sustainable features as geothermal and passive solar heating, natural water collection, local species of vegetation, and low-energy electrical fittings. By generously engaging its found landscape, the house initiates a fundamental connection between the inhabitant and the history and culture of a specific place.

© Alexandre Parent
© Alexandre Parent
Cite: "Slate House / Affleck de la Riva architects" 11 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/564932/slate-house-affleck-de-la-riva-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884