Architecture studio NatureHumaine has designed an all-white square cabin set within a forest in Laurentides, Canada. Anchored in the bedrock of sloping terrain, the 111.5 sqm (1200 sqft) chalet takes its cues from the rugged topography of its location, revealing an angular and monolithic architecture. Topped by asymmetrical gabled roof, the square construction allows for optimal compactness and a reduced footprint on its site.
Inside, the space reveals a height underexposed joists that gives a sense of verticality to this contained space. Visible from the living spaces, the crisscrossing structure of the roof echoes the name of the lake by recalling the skeleton of a fish, as does its immaculate color.
The modest budget led to the optimization of the project’s spaces, resulting in the reduction of circulation areas, creation of compact spaces, grouping of services, and framing of views towards the landscape. The monochrome chalet comprises a palette of simple and affordable materials, such as maple veneer panels, which make up the integrated storage units and softly contrast the white-hued interior. “The result is an unusual, simple and monochrome architecture exploring the purity of the square,” said the Montreal-based architecture studio.