Project Name: PEKULIARI
Location: Outaouais, Qc, Canada
Height: 670 ft.
Project Area: 326 000 sq.ft
Photo credit: MU Architecture
As you head towards the PEKULIARI reserve, this more than 200 meters high unique tower seems to emerge from the ground. Evoking a totem or a stone cairn, PEKULIARI is an eloquent example of paleo-futurism, resembling a lithic structure from immemorial times.
Its familiar appearance of large, stacked rocks is complemented by a skin that recalls the mineral and vegetal character of its surrounding nature. This irregularly shaped exoskeleton structure gives the envelop an organic and cellular aspect that contrasts with the crystalline glass façade underneath. Composed with multiple toned glass panels, the façade is designed using the latest parametric architecture technologies that give the envelope of the 48-story tower an out of the ordinary sculptural look.
Combining security access gateway and hangar for private helicopters, the structure supports a large greenhouse that supplies the compound with fresh daily food products. The surplus produced are redistributed to the community and charities of the region.
In agreement with the Ministry of the Environment, all the lands on which sits the development will be transferred to the project and declared as a Private Natural Reserve. The owners therefore become the wildlife defenders of the habitat assuring its protection in perpetuity. By limiting roads to a minimum and prohibiting hunting, this project goes even further with reinsertion programs for several wildlife species.
This visionary and ambitious architecture project introduces a harmonious osmosis between the human habitat and the natural habitat. By offering an unparalleled exotic experience. PEKULIARI will make a significant contribution to the prestige of the region, generate a strong impact on the local economy, and shine at an international level.
Architects Charles Côté & Jean-Sébastien Herr
Photo credit: Fany Ducharme
A large vault is the entry to a podium base. The lobby is a grand hall with a soothing atmosphere. Partially shaded by large trees, the filtered glass roof lets natural light fill in the three-story space. Huge bay windows offer views of the lake. An immense terrace and an arched quay create a meditative observatory. A large open space room merges further into a bar and a cigar lounge. A parking lot with a bat cave type hidden entrance in the woods is located at the basement level, adjacent to a huge wine cellar, entertainment rooms, and an indoor shooting range.
Combining all services, including a grocery store, and an all-sports articles boutique, PEKULIARI allows for long stays in the wild. Offices and conference rooms are accessible on the podium’s upper floors. A gym and a large spa area with rooftop pool and baths complete these floors. A swimming pool overlooks the forest on the twentieth floor while on the 37th floor, a sky bar offers a 360 degree panorama of green hills and lakes.
The tower comprises of 50 luxury units of 4000 to 8000 sq.ft with staff quarters and accesses arranged to ensure utmost discretion. These high-end fully automated pieds-a-terre combine aesthetics, avant-garde design, and cutting-edge technology. In fact, PEKULIARI pushes the limits of innovation in the integration of new building technologies. In addition to rainwater and snow collection, greywaters will be filtered and released into the environment through natural and ecological processes. Windmill systems and photovoltaic glazing will ensure self-sufficiency.