L’Embâcle: Luxe Living Amid Charlevoix’s Natural Splendor

Project: L’Embâcle

Location: Cap-à-L’Aigle sector of La Malbaie, Charlevoix region, Quebec, Canada
Architect, designer and owner: Bernard Serge Gagné,
Architectural technologists: Mathieu Boutin, François Chabot
Co-design and interior design: Océane Le Gouareguer and Geneviève Morin

Structural engineer: Mathieu Bouchard (Union Structure)
Builder: Habitat Éconstruction
Surface area: 285 m2
Completed in 2023

Photographe : Stéphane GroleauProject:

Nestled high atop a hill in the picturesque Cap-à-l’Aigle area of Quebec’s Charlevoix region lies L’Embâcle, a modern architectural marvel that seamlessly blends with the surrounding natural beauty. Created by the visionaries at ABCP architecture, this stunning residence offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the northern landscape while indulging in luxurious comfort.

Embracing Nature’s Majesty

Drawing inspiration from the raw power of nature, L’Embâcle’s design echoes the rugged beauty of the Charlevoix landscape. Its interlocking, striated white volumes pay homage to the blocks of ice formed by the force of the region’s rivers, creating a striking visual contrast against the lush greenery and azure waters of the St. Lawrence River and the Malbaie River estuary.

A Sanctuary of Light and Serenity

Step inside L’Embâcle, and you’ll be greeted by a flood of natural light pouring in through expansive panoramic windows. The interior spaces, bathed in luminosity, exude an aura of serenity and warmth. Bleached wood ceilings, concrete floors in soft hues, and oak furnishings create a harmonious blend of modern elegance and rustic charm.

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Seamless Indoor-Outdoor Living

One of L’Embâcle’s most enchanting features is its seamless integration with the surrounding landscape. Perched terraces beckon you to step outside and immerse yourself in nature’s embrace, offering breathtaking views of the forest and the distant mountains of Mont des Éboulements. Whether you’re savoring a morning coffee on the sunrise terrace or unwinding with a glass of wine on the sunset terrace, every moment spent outdoors is a feast for the senses.

Sustainable Luxury at Its Finest

Beyond its aesthetic allure, L’Embâcle stands as a beacon of sustainable living. Designed to maximize energy efficiency, the house harnesses solar orientation and natural ventilation to minimize its environmental footprint. Polished concrete floors with integrated heating provide cozy warmth without excessive energy consumption, while green roofing and a white membrane on the main roof help regulate temperature and reduce rainwater runoff.

In conclusion, L’Embâcle offers more than just a place to stay—it’s a sanctuary where luxury meets sustainability, and modern design harmonizes with the untamed beauty of the Charlevoix landscape. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat or a base for outdoor adventures, this contemporary haven promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return time and time again.

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