Horse Stables and Art Guide the Look of This Modern Brick Abode

By Michele Koh Morollo
In a Canadian forest, a brick gabled house features unexpected geometrically varied interiors.

After becoming inspired from the owner's love of horses and American minimalist paintings, Montreal–based firm Atelier Barda has revealed the Gauthier House—a beautiful brick residence near the the town of Mont-Tremblant. Before creating the 3,500-square-foot property, the team explored elements from European stables and horse-breeding centers to design the home's asymmetrical V-shaped layout.

The owner—a ceramics artist—wanted to make the best of the topography of the lot, and also requested views of the site's nearby horse arena. 

The owner—a ceramics artist—wanted to make the best of the topography of the lot, and also requested views of the site's nearby horse arena. 

Given the simplicity of the house’s brick façade—a seven-foot brick base with a massive gabled roof on top—the complex spatial geometry of the interiors comes as a surprise to visitors.

Given the simplicity of the house’s brick façade—a seven-foot brick base with a massive gabled roof on top—the complex spatial geometry of the interiors comes as a surprise to visitors.

Tucked away in Quebec's Laurentian Mountains, the dwelling is flanked by the main road to the east, and by the owner’s horse farm to the west. 

A curved corridor with lowered ceilings serve as the threshold between the home's two wings. 

A curved corridor with lowered ceilings serve as the threshold between the home's two wings. 

"The forested berm between the road and house creates a visual filter, allowing a sequential progression toward the building. The volume is not visible from the main road below, but gradually emerges—culminating in the imposing facade of opaque brick with a single off-centered arch," explains Antonio Di Bacco, one of the firm's co-founders. 

Wide, low ceilings frame views toward the horse arena, while also creating visual tension between the interiors and the lush landscape outdoors.

Wide, low ceilings frame views toward the horse arena, while also creating visual tension between the interiors and the lush landscape outdoors.