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An Unusual House with a Modular Interior

Located outside of Montréal in Chertsey, the Lake Jasper House was designed to accommodate one person, a large group, or a family as the clients were looking for a welcoming and relaxed space. Hiring Architecturama to make it happen, their goal was “to have a present, living and enthusiastic architecture that engages the senses.”

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Instead of completely blending in with the landscape, the cube-shaped, white cedar clad house got a vibrant design detail – diagonal aqua panels that act as handlebars for the exterior staircase.

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The interior is quite unusual with bleacher-style benches in the main living space that face the view. They’re not just benches though – they’re modular components that can be reconfigured in three ways: as movable blocks (to be used as end tables, backrests, steps, etc.), as intermediate levels attached to the system structure that can be reconfigured regularly, and also as benches that can be reassembled in different ways.

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Near the kitchen, the benches can work as tables to seat up to eight or as food prep stations.

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The private areas are located on the north side of the house, while the public spaces are on the south and west sides.

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Photos by James Brittain Photography, courtesy of v2com.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.