Can you imagine yourself living in a modern chalet in Quebec? If you answered yes, this exemplary modern cottage located near Lake Champlain, in Quebec, Canada. Placed just a few feet away from the American border at the height of the Phillipsburg Bird Sanctuary, the Chalet Lac Champlain was designed by Boom Town to complement the natural surroundings: “The vertical circulation in the cottage creates views both on the cliff, on which the building almost leans, and the lake; thinly veiled by tree trunks.”
According to the architects, “the landscape is composed of two plateaus separated by a 10 meters sheer cliff and of a gentle slope access to the lake; a rare privilege for this area. This landform offers a wonderful sight line to the west facing this vast lake.” Shaped to resemble a comfy observation post for the natural surroundings, the modern cottage is spacious and bright. Rising three stories high, it blends in with the neighboring tree trunks, visually inviting them inside. large sliding doors keep a permanent connection to the refreshing outdoors. Windows here and there frame green views and flood the light and dark interiors. Photographed by Angus McRitchie, the home presents itself as a peaceful sanctuary for a relaxing lifestyle in the middle of nature. “Two large terraces, on the superior level on the south side allow the occupants to live in the landscape and to pursue their contemplation. Those terraces induce segmentation of the volumes already separated by a subtle offset between the south, north and central parts (where the stairs are). This play in the volume is accentuated by color variation or by installing wooded covering.” Isn’t this modern chalet in Quebec a dream?