matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada

renovated Chalet A stands on Montréal’s waterfront

 

Nestled in the Eastern Townships near Montréal stands ‘Chalet A’, an A-frame wooden cottage recently renovated by Matière Première Architecture. The 1950s original structure sits on an evergreen forest, nearly touching the water from its front side. This proximity to the lake and inaccessibility during the long winter months greatly contributed to the accumulated neglect and exposed the old cabin. Honoring the A-frame typology, the design team along with its affiliated construction company Nu Drōm revitalize the gabled three-season cottage promoting its juxtaposition with the water, harmoniously intertwining the natural landscape with the living spaces, and optimizing the available space for better usage. With an emphasis on an ecological approach, the project seamlessly blends contemporary design with the charming origins of cabin typology.

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
all images by Ian Balmorel

 

 

A-frame silhouette forms contemporary interior zones

 

The concept of the interior design follows a series of fluid and relaxing spaces while offering a close relation to the lake. The architecture captures the natural landscape that unfolds beyond its structure and becomes fundamental to the living spaces, offering an intimate and cozy experience. The A-frame silhouette produces playful spaces, while continuously offering views towards the lake. The design team chooses lighter tones in shades of white and sage for the interior to promote a relaxed feel. Casual furnishings are decorated with rugs and linen accessories adding warmth to the living spaces. Local, sustainable, and durable materials, such as white pine flooring, exposed timber framing, and painted spruce boards, outline the structure. The exterior design applies durable materials like natural white cedar siding, metal roofing, and aluminum windows contributing to a controlled aging of the cabin without risking its longevity.

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
the cabin is surrounded by an evergreen forest overlooking the waterplane

 

 

optimized building program arranges fluid living spaces 

 

The cottage integrates multiple living spaces within its relatively small footprint. The A-frame main large window is shifted toward the interior to accommodate a larger exterior dining area, followed indoors by the living room and dining nook, all overlooking the lake through the large windows. The new staircase is relocated to a more discreet position at the rear of the dining nook, leading to a mezzanine. Nestled above the living room, the space assembles a comfortable reading net facing the lake, while avoiding the need for a railing. The compact kitchen can be found adjoining the dining nook. A separate dormitory pavilion is adjacent to the main cottage, providing more space for guests.

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
the renovation sets up a separate dormitory pavilion adjacent to the gabled three-season cottage

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
the natural landscape intertwines harmoniously with the living spaces

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
durable materials like white cedar siding and metal roofing contribute to the controlled aging of the cabin

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matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
the interior design follows a series of fluid spaces while offering a close relation to the lake

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
casual furnishings decorated with rugs and linen accessories add warmth to the living spaces

matière première architecture revives wooden A-frame cottage in canada
a comfortable reading net suspends above the living area

 

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project info:

 

name: Chalet A
designer: Matière Première Architecture | @mpa_nudrom

location: Montréal, Canada

photography: Ian Balmorel | @ianbalmorel

 

 

designboom has received this project from our DIY submissions feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: christina vergopoulou | designboom

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