Villa Boréale by CARGO Architecture

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Canada-based architectural studio CARGO Architecture designed Villa Boréale, a scandanavian style-inspired residence for a young couple. It is located in Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada and it was completed in 2015.

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2“The Villa Boréale is a charming contemporary residence located in Charlevoix, an eastern region of the Quebec Province well known for its wooded valleys, skiable mountains and breathtaking points of view. At the heart of the boreal forest, the Villa is set on a sloped and private site, matching up nicely with the ubiquitous vegetation of the surroundings.” – CARGO Architecture

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5“Throughout the design, the site was quickly revealed as a powerful element of the project. By choosing carefully the location and size of each window, external views were highlighted, and the atmosphere created by natural light is pleasant throughout the whole day. As for the position of the large sliding door, it was “ pushed “ toward the main interior open space with the intention of subtly separating the internal functions while creating a outside protected space. All these intentions ultimately aim to capture the essence of this project: the surrounding nature and wildlife.” – CARGO Architecture

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6“Regarding the program, the objective to offer a total of 14 sleeping places and three bathrooms was respected, despite the constraints of floor area, thus requiring an intelligent and vigilant drafting work. The interior spaces have been designed to simplify circulation while providing a sense of grandeur. The mezzanine also offers a lot of flexibility in terms of functions: it is a master bedroom, a playroom for kids, a reading corner, a quiet place to nurse a young baby, etc. A fourth bathroom could even be integrated, in a later phase.“ – CARGO Architecture

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9“The Villa Boréale really is a touristic housing project that can adapt over time, if the clients’ needs were to change. That wise approach of flexibility represents a cornerstone of the practice of CARGO Architecture. The Architect also designed the project keeping in mind the business aspect of the operation, since the clients were looking to maximise the return on their investment via renting (Airbnb, villaboreale.com and other websites).

Finally, the house can be described as a home in harmony with the natural context of the boreal forest, and a clear symbol of a contemporary vision of the Quebec cottage: light, nature, purity and simplicity.” – CARGO Architecture

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