The Chalet Forestier by Atelier Barda is an easy-to-maintain secondary house located on the eastern face of Mount Pinnacle in Quebec's Eastern Townships.

When the clients, city dwellers, decided to build their secondary residence near Montreal for weekends and holidays, they chose a woodland site on the eastern face of Mount Pinnacle in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. Their requirements were modest : they wanted an easy-to-maintain chalet, largely open to surrounding nature. Chalet Forestier outlines a large volume composed of three programmatic spaces : parent/living, loggia and children’s areas. The plan intentionally requires the residents to go through the outside in order to move from one space to another, bringing them closer to their environment even during winter.

The loggia, extending between the two covered entrances to the living spaces, provides a screened exterior eating area, and allows access to the eastern exterior corridor whose composed colonnade recalls the trees of the forest. Formally, the project presents itself as a large monolithic form placed on site in a dramatic manner. Far from blending in with the landscape, the black mass contrasts with surrounding nature while creating effects of chiaroscuro that vary depending on the angle from which the chalet is approached.

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Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Shed Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo  of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 2 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 3 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 4 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, Cabin Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Shed Building Type. Photo 5 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, House Building Type, Cabin Building Type, and Flat RoofLine. Photo 6 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Kitchen, Metal Counter, Wood Counter, Metal Cabinet, Concrete Floor, Metal Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Refrigerator, Range Hood, Wine Cooler, Cooktops, Wall Oven, and Drop In Sink. Photo 7 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Bedroom, Storage, Concrete Floor, and Carpet Floor. Photo 8 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Storage, Shelves, and Concrete Floor. Photo 9 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Dining Room, Bench, Table, Lamps, Pendant Lighting, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Photo 10 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Bedroom, Lamps, Bench, Storage, Shelves, and Concrete Floor. Photo 11 of Chalet Forestier
Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Shelves, Lamps, Storage, Table, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Concrete Floor. Photo 12 of Chalet Forestier
Architect
Interior Design
Photographer
  • Frédéric Bouchard
  • Yves Lefebvre
  • Kevin Botchar

Overview

Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2013
  • Square Feet
  • 3085
  • Press