Spahaus by YH2 Architecture

View all 8 Photos

Overlooking the beloved Lac Supérieur slightly north of cosmopolitan Montreal, one can find Spahaus, a community of 21 “ready-to-live” modern homes in the touristic Laurentians region of Canada. The scenic natural environment has already been seized upon by the Mont- Tremblant ski resort, but these residences by YH2 Architecture “[mark] a clear shift away from traditional log lodges, the mythical Canadian cabin or plywood-heavy alpine cottages surrounded by boutiques.” Targeted towards “homeowners who are sensitive to design,” the homes flawlessly integrate nature and innovative architectural elements. “To us, factory-built housing has no place in nature, given that the proposition wholly ignores the land on which it is built, explains architect Loukas Yiacouvakis; not only does the area provide incredible views, but each home is strategically positioned along the mountain contours to keep the others out of sight. Each secondary residence comes equipped with massive windows that span the entire height of the ground floor walls, so homeowners can admire the their surroundings from behind the fireplace, the dining table, or even while preparing a meal on a stunning stainless steel countertop. Working in collaboration with Fraternité-sur-Lac, the designers at YH2 Architecture had one prevailing goal: to “democratize” architecture. They want to build structures that are not only beautiful and functional, but are also affordable. “We aim to deliver carefully though-out residences, but even more importantly, to send out a clear message that architecture doesn’t merely cater to a privileged minority.” The clever layout of Spahaus ensures the accessibility of modern architecture in a successful marriage of both urban and rural life — a brilliant and simple harmony.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

Take me there

  • The Krane

    An immersive retreat in one of Copenhagen’s harbors. More than just a contemporary space, The…

  • Guntu Hotel

    A tranquil destination in the Seto Inland Sea. This floating hotel Japan added to its…

  • Villa Slow

    A special hotel designed to be a home away from home. Nestled into a bucolic…

  • Alila Yangshuo Hotel

    An old sugar mill becomes a modern hotel. Built in the 1960s in the striking…

More for you

  • Milos House

    A 19th century stone house restored into a summer retreat. Built in 1813, this stone…

  • A Minimalist Barn Extension

    A contemporary accent in a traditional context. Located in Gurmels, in the canton of Fribourg…

  • Gjøvik House By Norm Architects

    A minimal cluster house in a beautiful landscape. When it doesn’t design creative lamps, minimalist…

  • The Greywall House

    A creatively designed minimalist home. Aptly named Graywall House, this modern dwelling occupies a recessed…

  • House Renovation In Ovar

    An old house transformed into a bright, modern home. Portugal has recently seen a wave…

  • A White Modern Farmhouse

    Monolithic and contemporary, but perfectly integrated into a picturesque setting. Located in meadow on a…

  • A Renovated Apartment In Vigo, Spain

    Contemporary design alongside architectural elements from the ‘60s. Tasked with renovating an old apartment in…

  • A Modern Coworking Space Design

    The stunning office of an architecture and interior design studio. Designed as a “place to…

Close Cart