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House Built with Five 50-Foot Custom Modules Bolted Together in Fascinating Design

Published on April 11, 2023

Prefabricated Country Home Exterior by Figurr

Completion Year: May 2019

Architect: Figurr Architects Collective

Engineer: Jeffrey Leibgott SBSA

General contractor: Norexco

Supplier: Énergéco Concept

Landscape Architects: Projet Paysage

Project Manager: Rick Rubin

Press Distribution: v2com

About Figurr Architect’s Collective

Rubin & Rotman architects founded in 1989 by Richard Rubin and Stephen Rotman, became Figurr Architects Collective in November 2018. Both architects head the firm with their partners Roberto Campos, Bruno Morin, and Pascale Tétrault. The team is comprised of some forty architects, designers, and technicians supported by administrative personnel. From its offices located in Montréal and Ottawa, the firm serves local, national, and international clients coming from the corporate, multi-residential, aviation, and institutional sectors as well as numerous First Nations.

The house consists of five prefabricated custom modules, each approximately fifty feet long, that are assembled before being delivered to the site. The concept allowed for indoor construction under optimal working conditions.

The modular design is unique, created according to precise plans by the architect. The insulation, windows, and flooring were all assembled before shipping. Transporting the giant modules proved to be quite a challenge. The process included preparation, coordination, and navigating through country roads with ninety degree turns in inclement weather.

Construction began in late summer before the demolition of the existing house. This ensured a faster construction so that the family would not lose more than one season enjoying the country.

Low environmental footprint

Conceptualized with the vision of creating an extremely low environmental footprint, the house was built using sustainable and local materials. The large windows capture the beauty of nature in all its glory and flood the inside with light. The direct sunshine helps in reducing both heating and lighting costs.

The natural colored outdoor facade blends easily into the woodland decor and the opaque black accents add an artistic flair. The wood used indoors is warm and welcoming.

The architect is in the process of applying for a LEED Gold certification for his home.

A place adapted to all

The house interior was designed so that each member of the family has their own personal space.

The ground floor’s open concept has a large kitchen and dining area where everyone enjoys cooking and eating delicious meals together, a beautiful, cozy living room space, and a three-season screened-in porch surrounded by lake and woods.

The ground floor also has an atelier for painting and carpentry. The lowered lakeside deck was designed as to not disturb the view of the magnificent scenery.


Following the purchase of a humble country house 25 years ago, the owners wanted to treat themselves to a new second home where space would comfortably accommodate all the new members of their family. Overlooking Lake Manitou in Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Québec, the home, designed by Canadian architect Richard Rubin from Figurr Architects Collective, is composed of five factory-built modules, each approximately fifty feet long, that were constructed before being shipped to their final destination. Conceptualized with the vision of creating an extremely low environmental footprint, the architect owner is in the process of applying for a LEED Gold certification for his home.