A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof

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By Michele Koh Morollo
Anchored to a rocky site on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, a granite home sports a long, sleek roof.

Near the sloping shores of Lake Memphremagog in Quebec, a low-slung, 4,500-square-foot residence by local studio MU Architecture is composed of massive volumes of dry-stacked, locally supplied granite. These support a 111-foot-long roof whose crisp edges are like those of a blade.

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 1 of 13 - A home designed by Quebec-headquartered studio MU Architecture

A home designed by Quebec-headquartered studio MU Architecture

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 2 of 13 - The house dips down the slope, creating the impression of being half buried in the ground.

The house dips down the slope, creating the impression of being half buried in the ground.

Fitted seamlessly between the large stone volumes along the street-facing side is a garage door that dips down the slope, creating the impression of house that’s half sunken in the ground. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 3 of 13 - The lake-facing side of the house is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

The lake-facing side of the house is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows.

The lake-facing side of the house is fitted with floor-to-ceiling glass windows that bring lake views into the fuss-free, elegant interiors. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 4 of 13 - From the back patio, stone steps lead down to the lake.

From the back patio, stone steps lead down to the lake.

The bright, lofty interiors are a surprising contrast to the rugged, austere appearance of the granite volumes and dark roof structure. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 5 of 13 - A skylight brings plenty of natural light into the living room.

A skylight brings plenty of natural light into the living room.

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 6 of 13 - A fuss-free, elegant, and modern bedroom

A fuss-free, elegant, and modern bedroom

Skylights, big bay windows, clean white walls, and ceilings that reach as high as 25 feet in sections work together to brighten the interiors and enlarge living spaces. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 7 of 13 - The cabinets above the ribbon fireplace hides the entertainment system.

The cabinets above the ribbon fireplace hides the entertainment system.

All the communal spaces, as well as the master suite, two ensuite bedrooms, adjoining lounge, gym, and sauna are set in a single linear row, so all the spaces look out to lake views. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 8 of 13 - A sauna looks out to the lake.

A sauna looks out to the lake.

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 9 of 13 - The white kitchen appears as if it were an extension of the walls and ceilings.

The white kitchen appears as if it were an extension of the walls and ceilings.

The white kitchen appears as if it were an extension of the walls and ceilings, and the kitchen island, with its white oak joinery, seems to rise from the white oak floors. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 10 of 13 - The living and dining areas have ceilings that reach as high as 25 feet in sections.

The living and dining areas have ceilings that reach as high as 25 feet in sections.

The built-in kitchen cabinetry conceals all the technical aspects of the space, while the cabinets above the ribbon fireplace hides the entertainment system. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 11 of 13 - On the edge of the lake is a boathouse with a kitchenette and roof terrace.

On the edge of the lake is a boathouse with a kitchenette and roof terrace.

Some distance away on the edge of the lake is a boathouse with a kitchenette and roof terrace, constructed with the same materials as the house. 

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 12 of 13 - A spacious outdoor deck with a path that leads down to the lake

A spacious outdoor deck with a path that leads down to the lake

A Lakeside Retreat in Quebec Looks Sharp With a Blade-Like Roof - Photo 13 of 13 -


Project Credits: 

Architecture and interior design: MU Architects 

Builder: Denis Legault Construction 

Structural engineer: GenieX

Cabinet maker: Illo, Illo, Maël Le Bars 

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