To call the Malbaie V residence a dream house would be a vast understatement. The home, located in the picturesque Cap-a-l'Aigle region near Charlevoix, Quebec, fulfills all the criteria required for the crib of our dreams: elegant aesthetics, environmental integration and smart sustainability. Designed by Montreal firm Mu Architecture, the residence is defined by simple geometric volumes constructed of sustainably-harvested wood, capped with a green roof featuring local plantlife. Meanwhile, the entire structure is oriented to take advantage of natural light and achieve max energy efficiency. From the architects' statement:
An abundance of openings from east to west, the result of a perfect combination of solar motion, orientation and views sought, provides permanent natural light as well as optimal energy efficiency. The lower level accommodates four bedrooms and two full bathrooms arranged in a linear way following a clear axis perpendicular to the main volume above allowing for each room to get a view. The simplicity of the materials used, types of natural wood for the floor and ceiling accentuates the dramatic perspective of the main corridor.