Dômes Charlevoix: An Eco-Luxury Escape
Feature by Jyqa Patano
Artificial modernity does not have to be at war with nature, and unity between the two can simply mean coexisting equally together and enjoying the best of both worlds. Contemporary architecture inspired by natural landscapes can be used to explore and discover new ways of bringing natural beauty and urban inventions together.
This innovative philosophy is paramount to the architects at Bourgeois/Lechasseur, and their new Dômes Charlevoix project encapsulates the meaning of eco-luxury without having to take the ‘eco’ out of the equation. Dômes Charlevoix was designed to combine dualities instead of diminishing them, following the philosophy of harmonious differences by the creative architects at the Bourgeois/Lechasseur agency.
Constructed just this year as part of the first stage of a larger tourist project, Dômes Charlevoix comprises of three identical domes, each one located on the mountainside and perfectly integrated into the beautiful Quebecois landscape. Making use of maximum natural light, the south-facing windowed structures are raised from the ground on a wooden patio to give visitors a magnificent view of the St. Lawrence River.
The interior finishes have been carefully selected to enhance the beauty of the natural surroundings without compromising the domes’ urban amenities. Radiant concrete floors give a sense of comfort while maintaining a consistent temperature inside the domes, and the grey canvas coupled with the built-in fireplace creates a warm and intimate ambience. The black streamlined service area is set in the centre of the dome and in the volume is an intelligently-concealed kitchen. The main bedroom and bathroom are equipped with Italian fixtures to add a luxurious flair to your dream Canadian getaway.
The structures embody the idea that there is no need to sacrifice the comfort of modern innovations to experience nature and its elements. Instead, the innovative, modern domes in abundant forestry is a slice of the dual beauty of natural/artificial harmony: a surprising and refreshing approach on all 360-degree angles.