Canadian design studio CARGO Architecture completed a charming contemporary cabin that overlooks breathtaking views of a boreal forest and mountain landscape. Located in Charlevoix in eastern Quebec, the Villa Boréale is a family home with easy access to the nearby ski center Le Massif—a benefit highlighted by the playful inclusion of a repurposed ski lift chair on the front porch. Inspired by Scandinavian design, the handsome dwelling takes on the appearance of a modern timber barn strategically placed on the landscape to take advantage of natural light and views.
Commissioned by a young couple in their early 30s, the Villa Boréale is set on a sloped site that, with the help of the architect, was chosen for its views within the Municipality of Petite-Rivière-St-François. The dwelling is wrapped in Eastern white cedar and black metal cladding. The steel’s smooth matte finish provides a strong contrast to the natural timber grain. “The house can be described as a home in harmony with the natural context of the boreal forest, and a clear symbol of a contemporary vision of the Quebec cottage: light, nature, purity and simplicity,” wrote the architects.
The interior features a light-toned color palette with white-painted walls and pale concrete floors. The house impressively includes 14 total sleeping areas and three bedrooms, as well as a mix of other programmatic spaces including a children’s playroom and reading corner. The windows are carefully positioned to optimize natural light and views of surrounding nature and wildlife.
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