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When “Let there be light” landed on the drafting table as a client request (rather than a celestial order), Naturehumaine responded to the challenge with an intelligent design. To come up with the creation story for an illuminated single-family house on a densely treed lot in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the architects looked up for inspiration. That’s partly because the building site, a steep property on the shore of Lake Memphrémagog, presented its own obstacle. “There was only one place on the lot suitable for the house,” says Stéphane Rasselet, principal of the Montreal-based firm. “The rest of the site slopes abruptly down to the lake.”

As a result, the house is oriented toward the west, where direct light is restricted to the...

Naturehumaine Sculpts a Tripartite Home Around Sunlight

Inspired by religious architecture, Naturehumaine creates a light-filled sanctuary for living on Quebec’s Lake Memphrémagog.

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