This house, whose name refers to the brightest star in the Aquila constellation, is located in Cap-à-l’Aigle, in the region of Charlevoix, QC, Canada. Altaïr means “The Flying Eagle.” What makes the house stand out is its “V” shape and long facades that are suspended over nature. While discrete from the street and closed to the north, it unfolds toward the river, as though to take flight.

Two longitudinal prisms are laid up one on top of the other, which leads to the building’s interesting shape. A voluntary misalignment allows contemplation of the scenery. The long glass facades provide different perspectives and framings of the river, the forest, and the city of Malbaie below.

Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects opted for an open-plan layout, well connected to the outdoors. The second floor is cantilevered and protrudes toward the river. The living areas succeed one another, and the completely open space provides a breathtaking view of the horizon. A vast terrace was built on the roof of the lower floor. The master suite is also located on this floor, slightly set back in the woods.

The facades that are hidden or protected by the roof overhangs are covered with Western cedar. This warm wood extends indoors to the ceiling, emphasizing the continuation effect from the inside out. [Information provided by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects; photography: Adrien Williams]