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Maison GauthierMount Tremblant, qcatelier Barda architectureMontréalResidenceAt Maison Gauthier, located in Québec’s hilly Laurentians, life imi-tates art. The client’s interest in the work of minimalist painters influ-enced the floor plan and the interconnection of interior volumes. In moving among them, one alternates between sensations of compres-sion and expansion. The two wings of the house, one for the ceramics studio and three-car garage, the other for the living areas, are joined by a corridor seemingly filched from a Romanesque abbey, thanks to the claustrophobically low vaulted ceiling. The materials palette, too, looks archaic, with its brick, oiled oak and chalky, lime-washed walls. The squeeze-play feeling of darkening and narrowing in the corridor gives way to an exhilarating feeling of openness when one reaches the expansive flanking rooms with their cathedral ceilings.Maxime Desbiens / Juliette BuschBEST OF CANADA 201819BestofCanadaCI BoC 18.indd 192018-07-04 6:37 PM