The architect Lebel and Bouliane’s trade secrets

Lebel and Bouliane’s Trade Secrets

The husband-and-wife architectural firm finds inspiration in sunlight, geodes and rock formations

By Caroline Aksich| Portrait by Erin Leydon
| April 11, 2018

Luc Bouliane and Natasha Lebel are a one-stop architecture shop: their portfolio includes libraries, ad agencies and cultural spaces, along with modest (and not so modest) homes. They’re known for their sculptural interiors, which are often influenced by the couple’s obsession with geology. The formation of geodes, for example, inspired their much-lauded Relmar House: the clever, ultra-modernist semi maximizes natural light by pulling rays in through an angled skylight, and then bouncing the beams off a reflective limestone wall. The house’s stone- and brick-clad exterior and airy interior complete the geode illusion. Other rocky formations, like shale and drumlins, often help shape the geometry of their projects and how their designs relate to the landscape.


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Mutina’s 3-D porcelain tiles create a corrugated surface instead of a flat wall

 

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Correction
April 11, 2018

Apologies to Natasha Lebel, whose name was misspelled in an earlier version.

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