Surrounded by a dense forest of spruce, maple, beech and birch trees, this weekend ski chalet in Lac Archambault, Quebec, is a modern oasis. The project was developed by Sophie Robitaille and Andrew Curtis of Studio robitaille.curtis for a family with children and its cozy kid’s bedrooms, expansive family room, lush master bath, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lake make it their ideal weekend retreat.
The dark stained white cedar siding that wraps the exterior of the ski chalet gives it a distinctive look, especially against the bright white snow. The chalet’s foundation of unstained cedar posts gives the illusion that the home is nearly floating on the mountainside. “To maintain the natural topography of the steep mountainside and to minimize the footprint of the construction, the house was built on 8” x 8” western red cedar columns,” the architects explained. “Elevating the house allows snow and spring run-off to flow freely beneath the structure.”
To get inside, there’s a by a fairy-tale-like bridge passage to the front door. The main floor is organized in an open plan, connecting the kitchen, dining area, and living room. A 27-foot-long bay window and window seat ensures a cozy cabin feel. The living room connects to a south-facing deck with an outdoor fireplace.
The master bedroom and bathroom are also located on the first level, at the north end. On the bottom floor, you’ll find the children’s bedrooms, a guest bedroom, a steam room, and a play area all with expansive views.
“Adjacent the steam room, the spa occupies the lower deck where it enjoys private framed views of the forest beyond,” the architects added. [Photography credits: Marc Cramer; information provided by RobitailleCurtis Inc.]
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