Designed by the Montreal–based firm Pelletier de Fontenay, Hatley House sits on a plateau looking out at the rolling landscape of rural Quebec. The residence comprises three joined, gable roof structures, each oriented differently. It takes inspiration from the local farmhouses and barns of the area, whose steep rooflines help shed snow in the winter, and whose wood-clad facades traditionally used lumber from local trees.
Refining the farmhouse vernacular, Petellier de Fontenay incorporated simple, minimalist detailing and materials to make the residence feel modern. Its wood-and-metal exterior gives way to a mostly white, black, and wood interior, with polished concrete floors throughout.
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The three volumes each have a separate function: the central building is more communal, and maintains a double-height ceiling throughout. The other two house the sleeping quarters—one for the master bedroom suite and bathroom, and the other as the guest wing with multiple guest bedrooms and a bathroom.
The bedrooms, which have lower ceilings and make use of wood, feel more protected and introspective in comparison with the lofty public spaces. However, all rooms in the Hatley House have thoughtfully placed windows to encourage views out into the landscape, well-considered material choices, and carefully executed detailing.