Many structures draw inspiration from the landscape but the True North House takes a unique approach. Due to the fact that the home is surrounded by manmade scenery created by the opening of the Saint Lawrence Seaway in Canada, it instead mimics the horizon by aligning its linear layout with the north cardinal axis. Its sleek shell is constructed from board-form concrete and blackened steel. Internally, white walls and polished concrete floors carry on the exterior's simplicity. Expansive glazed panels wash the interior with natural light while also opening the interior to views of the surroundings. When the warmer months roll around, a series of courtyards offer an exterior escape from the area's harsh winds.
Photos: Adrien Williams / Alain Carle Architecte