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Pekuliari the first of its kind in the world

Georgina Johnston
09 Jan 2020

Luxurious osmosis between humans and nature

By redefining the way of inhabiting and occupying one's own 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 stands in the heart of the vast forest of Quebec, greatly diminishing its impact on nature and any further destruction of the 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 200m high in this hilly Quebec landscape. Evoking a totem or a stone cairn in Quebec territory, Pekuliari is an eloquent example of paleo-futurism. Resembling a lithic structure from immemorial times, the materials and the refinement of its details make it a building of a still distant future.

Its familiar appearance of a large stack of eroded rocks is complemented by a skin that has an appearance recalling the mineral and vegetal character of the 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 shimmers under the sun. Designed with the latest parametric architecture technologies, this envelope gives the 48-story tower an out of the ordinary sculptural look.

As we enter the reserve, an angular and architectural building welcomes us. Combining a security access gateway and a hangar for private helicopters, this structure supports a large greenhouse that supplies the compound with fresh food products daily. 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, assured of its protection in perpetuity.

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. Beyond protection, this project goes even further with reinsertion programs for several species including the mallard duck and some species of bats. These wildlife programs, run by biologists and academics, make the Pekuliari reserve a place not claimed by humans. 

At the heart of this hilly landscape stands a strange but fascinating tower. In the form of a huge pile of rocks, a large vault invites us to enter the podium base. 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 allows natural light to fill the three-story 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 come to create a meditative observatory on these still waters. The multi-functional spaced 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. In addition to the valet and security services, the concierge also acts as a high-level forest guide.

An administration Center and Business Center with offices and conference rooms are accessible on the podium’s upper floors. A gym and a large spa area, a rooftop pool and baths complete these floors, with the swimming pool overlooking the forest on the 20th floor. On the 37th floor there situates a sky bar, offering a unique shot of the world, encompassing a 360° panoramic view of green hills and fresh lakes as far as the eye can see.

The tower comprises of 50 luxury units, a vast majority of which are spread over complete floors, varying between 4000 and 8000ft² each. Developed in the standards of high-end architecture and interior design, they offer four to five full suites, two fireplaces, two lounges, custom cellars and huge balconies surrounding each floor over 18°. Dedicated to a very sophisticated clientele, staff quarters and accesses are arranged to ensure the utmost discretion. These high-end fully automated pieds-a-terre combine aesthetics, avant-garde design and cutting-edge technology.

Beyond the incredible quality of life and prestige, 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. Although far from urban centers, the Pekuliari project takes shape as a highly secure and private retreat. 

Unique in the world, this visionary and ambitious architecture project introduces a harmonious osmosis between the human and natural habitations. Addressing a clientele eager to reconnect with nature and rejuvenate in peace, this world-class project offers 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. 

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