The remote Eastern Townships in Canada near the Vermont border is the perfect location for a cozy cabin or chalet. Combining contemporary architecture and a comfortable cabin style resulted in the Abercorn Chalet imagined and designed by Tux Creative partner and designer Laurent Guez.
The large cottage unites brutalist, industrial styles with the warm, comfortable, fuzzy feeling of the weekend retreat or a campsite. At first sight, the contemporary structure doesn’t stand out among the trees, but soon reveals that it consists of four interconnected modules that cleverly capture light and complement the landscape.
As the building size and shape, the combination of materials that creates tension and harmony are surprising. Marrying wood, concrete, corrugated steel and chequered steel plates as well as industrial metal let the beholder assume that the house is of a rough and raw character.
However, the unique architecture with varying volumes and perspectives give the project a warm personality and playful spirit that are felt throughout the space. Large windows, skylights, and pierced ceilings flood the interior with the changing lights of the season and day. The few interior doors of different heights allow for wide-open space to let its soul expand.
The modules connect through the windowpanes, the footbridge and the view of the interior courtyard, patio, the in-ground pool and garden and the expansive view over the valley.
The inspiration for the Abercorn Chalet came from industrial designs, barns, and campgrounds. The exterior cladding of corrugated black and gold metal sheets is clearly marked and contrasts the almost traditional standard kitchen interiors. The two functional islands remind of a restaurant kitchen but are warmly offset with wooden baskets containing seasonings and ingredients.
The campsite spirit is enhanced by the use of second-hand sinks and bathtubs that found a new home in the minimalist environment of the cabin.
The minimalist style is beautifully applied in the guestrooms that are void of shelving space and cabinets as they are only temporary living quarters. This is contrasted by the balanced creative approach of soft and hard surfaces, texture in materials, forms and sizes as well as the functionality of the place and its playfulness.
Source: photos are courtesy of v2com.