A few nights ago I went to a very posh soirée to celebrate a good friend’s 45th birthday. The event was absolutely fantastic and the guests were treated like royalty. Highlights included professional catering, live music and the host even treated us to a beautiful Debussy recital on the grand piano. I was fortunate enough to spend the evening in the company of a retired Ear, Nose and Throat surgeon. He is a pretty youthful 60-year old who has just designed and project managed a large scale residential project. Even though we like different styles of buildings I am sure he would appreciate the aesthetic of Villa Vingt.

When it comes to ingenious design sometimes a minimalistic approach can achieve the most rewarding results. Certainly, in the case of Villa Vingt this strategy has been highly effective. The dwelling was devised by Bourgeois Lechasseur Architecte and is located in Lac-Beauport (25 25 kilometres north. This picturesque town is situated in the Capitale-Nationale region of the city and overlooks Lake Beauport.

Villa Vingt occupies an idyllic position on a steep slope (adjacent to the ski resort Le Relais), which enjoys stunning views of Laurentian hills. However, the overall design is inspired by modernistic Californian architecture. Bourgeois Lechasseur Architecte (headed by Olivier Bourgeois and Régis Lechasseur) intuitively created a bold geometric form that occupies the clients existing footprint. The exterior is a minimalists dream as the two prime materials are raw concrete and glass.

Internally the industrial theme continues and is totally aspirational. I absolutely love contrasting textures like raw exposed concrete, stone flooring and timber-panelled ceilings, flooring, bespoke cabinetry etc. Other features include a custom made kitchen, premium quality bathroom (with marble tiling) and central wood burning stove. This entire splendour creates a harmonious environment for the clients to enjoy the spectacular panoramic views.

Photography by Adrien William

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