This beautiful house in the middle of the forest belongs to sculptor Jacek Jarnuszkiewicz from Poland. The project was a collaboration between the sculptor and YH2, an architecture and interior design studio founded in 1994 by Marie-Claude Hamelin and Loukas Yiacouvakis. for them, architecture is a way of reinventing reality and giving it a completely new form and function.
The house sits in a forest, being surrounded by conifer trees on all sidesThe evergreen surroundings create a very fresh and inspiring ambiance
They designed this unique tower house in a forest in Quebec, Canada which occupies a total of 1700 square feet of space. Its interior spaces are organized on three floors with a lower level, a mezzanine area and a top floor with an observation deck. The architects that designed it are adepts of the idea that every building should be able to adapt to its surroundings but at the same time to also be able to transform its surrounding context.
The structure of the house itself was inspired by the tall trees around itThe interior is organized on three levels, with the top floor featuring an open deckThe glazed facade lets in natural light and brings in panoramic views of the forest and the mountains
A minimalist approach was chosen for the project. In other words, everything here has a purpose and each element is essential to the overall design. Vertically is the concept that stands at the core of the project. The sculptor and the architects wanted to find a way to make the house resonate with its surrounded and chose to give it a tower-like look inspired by the trees around it.
The deck on the upper level is covered and offers the most beautiful viewsThe deck roof extends to the side but has an opening that lets light reach the lower levelsThe interior design is minimalist with no unnecessary furnishings or decorative elements
The architecture of the house is an expression of the landscape which surrounds it. The exterior is defined by the contrast between the two volumes. One of the volumes is ight and the other is dark and this contrast is also emphasized in the interior design where structural elements such as the staircase strike us as exquisite focal points.
A black staircase, like a shadow, connects the three levels and sits hidden behind a white wallThe kitchen is open and shares the space with the dining areaThe dining table was strategically positioned next to the windows to take advantage of the view
There’s also a very harmonious interplay of opaque and transparent surfaces throughout the house. The large windows bring in lots of natural and allow nature to become a part of the decor and to be admired from carefully positioned spaces. Moreover, the open plan establishes a natural fluidity and continuity throughout the volumes.
Verticality was a strong concept used throughout the project, being a defining characteristic for everythingSimplicity is essential for the design but also always complemented by the right materials and forms
The lounge area on the mezzanine level has this covered wooden deck which can be used as an observation tower for the wildlife and panoramic views of the mountains and the nearby lake. It’s a feature which reinforces the unity between the house and nature and between the interior and exterior spaces.
Nature becomes a part of every room and its presence has a strong influence on the ambianceAt night, the house is like a glowing beacon in the forest, casting light on the nearby treesThe house can be enjoyed all year long, its beauty changing with the seasons