If your idea of a perfect getaway involves powdery slopes and stunning views, prepare to fall in love with this contemporary cabin in Canada’s Laurentian Mountains. Designed by Montreal-based design practice RobitailleCurtis, the Laurentian Ski Chalet is a modern weekend retreat located on a steep slope of the former ski hill Mont-Jasper. Full-height glazing wraps around the chalet and frames gorgeous panoramic valley views, while the building’s thermal envelope is highly insulated to minimize energy consumption.
To minimize site disturbance, the 2,750-square-foot ski chalet is elevated atop red cedar stilts and accessible via an entry bridge. Its raised profile allows snow and water run-off to flow freely beneath the building and, in warmer months, allows native ferns and mosses to grow underneath. The roof is angled at a slant that matches the slope of the mountain to prevent ice and snow buildup.
The cabin is handsomely clad in dark-stained white cedar siding and complemented by square-grooved western red cedar planks that make up the underside of the roof eaves. The interior also makes use of western red cedar, which lines the ceiling. The main floor features a long and linear open-plan living area with a kitchen and dining area that overlooks dramatic panoramic views through a 27-foot-long bay window and window seat. A clerestory window on the opposite wall brings in morning light.
The master suite is located on the north end of the main floor and also features large windows that frame stunning mountain views. The children’s bedrooms, guest bedroom, steam room, and playroom are located on the lower level and also enjoy expansive views. “The chalet’s thermal envelope is highly insulated and was carefully detailed to minimize thermal bridging and energy consumption,” said the architects.
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