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Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

Midcentury Gem in Canada Saved from the Wrecking Ball

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A 1940s lake house was given new life and an open-plan update thanks to architect Alain Carle.

In the 1940s, the distinguished Canadian architect John Bland designed an elegant vacation house near Lake Masson in Quebec. Seven decades later, the midcentury gem was at risk for demolition due to soaring property values that made the land more valuable than the structure itself. Thankfully, architect Alain Carle stepped in. He not only restored the box home to its original glory, but also opened up its floor plan and improved its relationship to the surrounding landscape. “We’ve tried to push it beyond the limits of the original owner at the time of the construction,” he says.

Carle revived the home’s exterior by recladding it in fresh cedar planks, local stone, and black anodized aluminum.
“In a way, we’ve grounded the house, incorporating topography as a main component of the composition from a more...
In addition to adjusting the windows, Carle dislocated all wall partitions from the main structure of the house to...
Cedar planks and gray-stained oak flooring line the interior.
The kitchen’s black countertops were cut from Nero Assoluto granite.
The original design did not exploit the lower part of the house, so Carle added a bar and lounge area facing the lake...
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