Architectural Inspo: Quebec's Grand-Pic Cottage

An austere, angular cabin anchored surprisingly by bright birchwood and ample natural light

While a classic A-frame might do it for some, it’s a stark dark facade that gets us going these days—be it traditional Japanese Shou Sugi Ban technique or simply black sheet metal. The extreme juxtaposition of an angular, austere cabin among of a thriving forest landscape is near perfect. Now add a bright interior donated by floor-to-ceiling windows, Russian birchwood, and whitewashed walls and you’ve got our attention.

Grand-Pic Chalet by Montreal-based Appareil Architecture is just this, a distinct and refreshing alternative to the rustic cabins found most in this rural corner of North America.

Designed around a large main room with towering ceilings, a wood burning stove, and ample natural light, the cottage aims to encourage human interactions, both by guests and with nature. Large windows and sliding glass doors let the outdoors in, while natural walls and a concrete floor reflect outside light during colder, darker months.

The two main buildings (the cabin and an equally-considered wood shed) are joined by an elevated wooden walkway slash deck that draws guests outside and into nature.

For a cabin as seemingly dark and austere in style, the unique design creates a welcoming weekend retreat perfect for escaping the rigors of nearby city life.

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