Designed for a busy urban Montreal family, T HOUSE offers the family a retreat in the country in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Natalie Dionne Architecture was inspired by the writings of Pliny the Younger, whose descriptions of two Italian villas conjure the imagination to “contemplate one’s place in the surrounding landscape.”

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

Situated high up a hillside on a plateau, the home is surrounded by forests of trees with views of the valleys below and mountains in the distance.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

Referencing the inspiration, the residence is made up of two volumes – a 2-story cube clad in wood siding and a single story rectangular structure, covered in composite cement panels, where one side cantilevers out over the hill.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

Nestled between the two volumes is space enclosed by glass panels on two sides. The empty space reveals views of the Appalachian Mountains on the far side.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

The home’s plan is arranged in the shape of a letter ‘T’, with one part accommodating the living room, one part the guest rooms, and another part housing the kitchen with master bedroom above it. Central to these three parts is the dining area that pulls the entire design together.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

Water was important to the design and includes a pool, water garden, and a nearby stream that flows to a pond below.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

Built-in furniture was incorporated, like the fireplace and bookshelves in the living room.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

White oak paneling is used on the walls of the interior, bringing a bit of the rustic outdoor vibe inside. The floors are made of concrete and natural stone that’s equipped with hydronic heating to warm the space during colder months.

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

T HOUSE: A Modern Country Retreat in Quebec in architecture  Category

Photos by Marc Cramer, courtesy of v2com.biz.