Just steps from the calm shores of Lac Plaisant in the Mauricie region of Canada is where you'll find the two-story residence known as "Window on the Lake." Designed by Québec–based architecture studio YH2, this 1,507-square-foot home stands on a grassy clearing and overlooks a calm lake.
The house has an expansive open layout, and was designed to serve as a vacation home for the owners. The ground level features a kitchen, living room, dining area, bathroom, and two bedrooms, while a home office and dormitory are located on the second floor.
The roof and exterior walls of the house are clad entirely in white cedar boards to present a light volume. The uniform façade exudes purity and calmness. Because the home's foundation is hidden from view, the house appears to float above the grass.
The interior structure, including the floors, walls, and much of the fit-outs are also made of wood, which gives the space a clean, crisp, Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic.
The entire lake-facing side of the house is fitted with glass to create a strong visual connection between the lake and the main living areas. On the southern façade, the large double-height gable extends outward to serve as shelter for a small porch.
Throughout the fall and winter months, the transparent façade brings in plenty of sunlight to naturally warm the interior, while the trees between the house and the lake help shield the property from the sun's heat during the summer.
"The balloon frame, with its exposed wooden studs and joists painted white, gives the building a unique rhythm of shadow and light," says Marie-Claude Hamelin, co-founder of YH2.
"Its architecture is restrained and its scale modest, in tune with the clearing and lake. Thanks to its simplicity and refinement, the house embodies our attempt to capture the essence of cottage life—a wooden home designed for vacations, that enable true communion with nature," explains the firm’s other co-founder, Loukas Yiacouvakis.