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Location: North Hatley, Quebec
Project size: 5,060 square feet

Program: Situated between a road and a hillside farm, Virgin Vineyard House is a single-family residence at the northern tip of Lake Massawippi in the Québécois village of North Hatley.

Design Solution: Toronto-based LAMAS (Lee and Macgillivray Architecture Studio) looked to the language of vernacular farmhouses when designing this house: stone partitions, simple economical forms, and timber framing. As the plan reveals, a linear masonry wall doubles as the north facade as well as a privacy screen that extends beyond the house’s footprint.

Parallel shear walls, set off at an oblique angle from this stone wall, begin to organize rooms, focusing their views toward a lake and a nearby vineyard. This strategy also results in a sawtooth south facade along a porch that is tucked underneath a deep eave. Abstract geometries—a chimney treated as the tangent to a half circle window; a trapezoidal cut into a monolithic roof plane to form a patio—heighten intimate moments in an otherwise singular composition.

Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture

Photo © Félix Michaud

Structure and Materials: Virgin Vineyard House aims to make an ecological case for the rural domicile as a product of its site, with hyper-locally sourced materials. Other than the stone wall, wood framing is the primary construction system. A high-performance envelope (with triple-glazed windows throughout), combined with common-sense siting, keeps operational energy low and lessens the house’s carbon footprint.

Additional Information
Completion date: January 2022
Site size: 20 acres
Total construction cost: Withheld
Client/Owner: Withheld

Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Virgin Vineyard House by LAMAS Architecture


Photos © Félix Michaud

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Project team
Principals: James Macgillivray, Weihan Vivian Lee
Project manager: Andrea Rodriguez Fos
Design team: Cassandra Rota, Kara Verbeek

Structural: Eric St George Structures et Civile
Mechanical: Génécor Experts-Conseils Inc.
Electrical: Environnement Électronique

Landscape: Oscar Hache

General Contractor
Alexandre Lessard, Construction Yves Lessard

Félix Michaud


Exterior Cladding
Masonry: Maçonnerie Desrosiers de l'estrie
Wood: Hemlock by Ebénisterie Renova

Metal: MAC Metal Roofing

Wood frame: LePage, IC2 Unicel

Entrances: Ebénisterie Renova

Locksets: Emtek
Pulls: Emtek
Closers: Emtek

Interior Finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Ebénisterie Renova
Wood Flooring: Mirage

Interior ambient lighting: Lambert et Fils, Luminaire Authentik
Downlights: Liteline

Fixtures: Kohler, Brizo, Toto