Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement completed Panorama House, a refined interpretation of the traditional cottage, complete with pitched metal roof and dark-stained Eastern cedar shingles. Located at the edge of a forest, in Sainte-Adèle, Canada, the residence consists of a rectangular volume pierced by many windows and livened up by an orange front door. Its interiors are warm and inviting, with wood playing a major role in the design scheme.

According to the architects, the design strategy was to put daytime activities (dining room, kitchen, living room, porch) together on the upper floor in order to make the most of the view and natural lighting. The rooms are carefully thought out as a panoramic series running along the southeast side, ending with the porch. A cathedral ceiling provides the most expansive volume possible on the second floor. Inside the large common area, two volumes finished in eastern cedar divide the space. The first volume holds a steel fireplace, and the second houses functional spaces: kitchen, pantry, washroom. Orange highlights spark warm memories. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement]