In the mountainous woodlands of Austin, Québec lies Chalet Grand-Pic — two cabins, one large and one small, each clad in black-gloss corrugated steel, and connected by raised decking.
Designed by Montréal firm Appareil Architecture, the two buildings continue the firm’s mission; staying true to their Nordic roots, and demonstrating their commitment to tradition and modernity in equal parts. The buildings were designed with different functions in mind, and their architecture was influenced by the woodland landscape. This region of Austin is covered by dense forests that are home to mountains, flatlands, and glacial pools. “Before even starting to imagine the project,” the firm explains, “the objective was to let ourselves be guided and inspired by the terrain’s characteristics.” The influence of location is apparent in even the smallest details; a path that takes you from the carpark to the buildings winds through forest — nature gives way to the cedar decking that delivers you to the front door. The interiors of the cabin are minimal but considered, with pale Russian plywood contrasted softly against white cabinets and feature walls, and polished concrete floors. Lofty ceilings and expansive views abound, with the double story cabin acting as the main residence, and the smaller cabin serving as additional storage space (with the addition of an outdoor shower on the private deck). The cabins are an example of what Appareil Architecture call “An experience of unique symbiosis between nature and architecture.”