Snapshot: After purchasing a stunning plot of land in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Montreal-based architecture firm Naturehumaine’s client had dreams of building a country house that would be in perfect symbiosis with its natural environment.
On the rugged, sloped site of the plot there is a natural plateau just below the highest point, which became an ideal location for the build.
The architects characterized the house by two stacked volumes; a wooden clad volume anchored into the mountain supports a cantilevering ground floor volume above. The gable roofed volume raised into the air gives the sensation that the house is floating amongst the trees. Vast views of Mount Orford and the valley below are framed by a long horizontal strip window. The timber-slat garage arises as a natural complement to the modern cabin and also doubles as a place for the owners to store chopped wood for the fire.
Inside, The kitchen and master bathroom are carved out of a black volume at the center of the house dividing living spaces from the master bedroom. With little decor, the interior architecture speaks volumes. Long, thin windows break up the crisp, white walls and cater to the minimalist aesthetic in a place where a warm fire and an amazing view are all that matters.
Photography by Adrien Williams