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PROLOGUE

02/	
OSMOSIS BETWEEN
HUMANS AND NATURE
Pekuliari:
Haute-Architecture in the Woods
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BY REDEFINING the way of inhabiting and
occupying one territory, the Pekuliari project
announces a new relationship between
humans and their natural habitat. Diametrically
opposed to the concept of urban sprawl, this
impressive tower that stands in the heart of
the vast forest of Quebec greatly diminishes
its impact on nature and the destruction of
more and more rural land. Straight out of the
imagination, this iconic and enigmatic structure
asserts itself as a world's first.
As you head towards the Pekuliari reserve,
a mirage appears in the middle of the boreal
forest. This improbable and amazing vision
seems to emerge from the ground. Unique in
its kind, this tower culminates more than 200
metres high in this hilly Quebec landscape.
Evoking a totem or a stone cairn in Quebec
territory, Pekuliari is an eloquent example of
paleo-futurism. Its exterior of large, stacked,
eroded rocks is complemented by a skin that
recalls the mineral and vegetal character
of its surrounding nature. This irregularly
shaped exoskeleton structure gives the
envelope an organic and cellular aspect that

Project Name: Pekuliari
Location: Outaouais, QC
Architects: MU Architecture
Project team: Jean-Sébastien Herr,
Charles Côté, Pierre-Loup Pivoin,
Baptiste Balbrick, Magda Telenga

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contrasts with the crystalline glass façade
underneath. Composed with multi-toned
glass panels, the façade shimmers under the
sun. Designed with the latest parametric
architecture technologies, this envelope gives
the 48-storey tower an out-of-the-ordinary
sculptural look.
The lobby resembles a grand hall with
futuristic and elegant lines where a calm and
soothing atmosphere reigns. Partially shaded
by large surrounding trees, the filtered glass
roof lets natural light fill in the three-storey
space. A large function room with huge bay
windows offers breathtaking views on the
lake where wildlife has regained its rights. An
immense terrace and an arched quay create a
meditative observatory on these still waters.
The large open space room merges further into
a bar and a cigar lounge where the murmurs
are intertwined with forest noises and the
twittering of birds. A first class 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 to
venture into the territory, Pekuliari allows for
long stays in the wild. Combining a secure
access gateway and hangar for private
helicopters, this structure supports a large
greenhouse that supplies the compound with
fresh daily food products. The surplus produce

is redistributed to the community and charities
in the region.
Pekuliari also 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. Far from
urban centres, the Pekuliari project takes shape
as a highly secure and private retreat.
This development does not repel nature, it
embodies it. By limiting roads to a minimum
and prohibiting hunting, the Laurentian wildlife
found a sanctuary in Pekuliari. In agreement
with the Ministry of the Environment, all the
lands on which the development sits will be
transferred to the project and declared as a
Private Natural Reserve. Beyond protection,
this project goes even further with reinsertion
programs for several species including the
mallard duck and some species of bats.
Unique in the world, this visionary and
ambitious architecture project introduces
harmonious osmosis between the human
habitat and the natural habitat. 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.
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PHOTOS MU ARCHITECTURE

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To Begin With | Pour Commencer
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Prologue > Fr_ en_lp+ Sweeping the Forest Floor
Interview | Entrevue the Star Is in the Ballpark > fr_lp+
“Gravitas” – The Lost Airmen of the Empire
Creating Sacred Spaces – Weaving the Memorial Landscape
Sacré Montagne
Curating Calm in the Spirit of Mandalay, Myanmar
Kapabamayak Achaak | Wandering Spirit Healing Forest
By Invitation Only – Inclusive Playground Design
Battle of Kapyong Memorial Plaza
L’essentiel Est Invisible > en_lp+
Critique
The Parting Shot | Une DernièRe Salve
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