with its simple form, mainstudio's 'eagle's nest' celebrates the playfulness of camping

with its simple form, mainstudio's 'eagle's nest' celebrates the playfulness of camping

the new cabin

 

nestled among the rural landscape of lanaudière, canada, mainstudio’s ‘eagle’s nest’ is a quiet retreat. the bunkhouse, known in french as the nid d’aigle, is designed to accommodate 30 campers — the young musicians of a quebéc music camp. the project was introduced as a replacement for an outdated cottage that had occupied the same site, creating a place that is more comfortable and contemporary, while certainly maintaining the spirit of cabin architecture.

mainstudio eagles nest
images © félix michaud | @michaudfelix_photo

 

 

an eagle’s nest in québec

 

the architects at mainstudio design the eagle’s nest bunkhouse to stand out among the surrounding cluster of camp pavilions. located on a promontory with impressive mature conifers overlooking a beautiful lake, it is set apart from other facilities. the design of this mountain hut was therefore significantly shaped by the natural environment of the site.

 

the team notes the need to build gently among the trees — showcasing, rather than disturbing them — and to ensure an harmonious cohabitation between this nature and the visitors. the project is perched alongside a lake, celebrating views across the water and forested hills beyond. the design is divided between two main volumes, with the ‘more impressive’ of the two containing the campers’ rooms, and the other housing facilities.

mainstudio eagles nest

 

 

mainstudio’s primitive hut

 

in the creation of its eagle’s nest, mainstudio celebrates ‘camp’ as an immersive retreat from the real world. with this in mind, the team offers a shelter that echoes the imagination of childhood. the simplicity of the volume recalls the key principles that characterize the hut as it is drawn by children — a few vertical lines that represent the walls, a triangle representing the roof, and details that suggest doors and windows.

 

the oversized roof, a core element that rises from the forest, is also part of the materialization of this playful, almost imaginary world. the sober and monochromatic exterior materiality allows highlighting the form and the singularity of the building’s dimensions.

mainstudio eagles nest
‘eagle’s nest’ is perched along a lake, viewing the water and distant forests

with its simple form, mainstudio's 'eagle's nest' celebrates the playfulness of camping
the team builds gently among the trees — showcasing, rather than disturbing them with its simple form, mainstudio's 'eagle's nest' celebrates the playfulness of camping
the sober and monochromatic exterior materiality highlights the form

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the oversized roof is a core element that rises from the forest

with its simple form, mainstudio's 'eagle's nest' celebrates the playfulness of camping
the design of the mountain hut was significantly shaped by the natural environment

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‘eagle’s nest’ is divided between two main volumes

 

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with its simple form, mainstudio’s ‘eagle’s nest’ celebrates the playfulness of camping
 
with its simple form, mainstudio’s ‘eagle’s nest’ celebrates the playfulness of camping
 
with its simple form, mainstudio’s ‘eagle’s nest’ celebrates the playfulness of camping
 
ground floor plan
ground floor plan
site plan
site plan

project info:

 

project title: the eagle’s nest
architecture: mainstudio
lead architect: robert lavoie
contractor: GMI construction
photography: félix michaud | @michaudfelix_photo

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