Sitting on the highest site overlooking a quiet lake in British Columbia’s West Kootenays, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s Boundary Point Cabin is a modern getaway and gathering place for loved ones.
Balancing rustic charms with modern largesse, Alain Carle Architecte’s La Charbonnière is tucked on a mountainside overlooking the Saint Lawrence River in Quebec. The site was previously completely cleared by the developer, posing a challenge for the Montreal-based firm to transform the overexposed lot. Their solution is unexpected but surprisingly well suited to the area—it is black and brutalist, yet still right at home in the lush Cap à L’Aigle landscape.
Northwest of Ottawa, the town of Deep River sits between the Ottawa River and the old-growth forests of Algonquin Provincial Park. Here is where Anupaya Cabin Co. has sprouted, a wilderness retreat for city dwellers to rest and relax, and which co-owner Shan MacLaggan joyfully describes as “welcome desolation.”
The firm’s name, taken from the flower that turns toward the sun, reflects this devotion to finding the extraordinary. Nowhere is that more on display than in Heliotrope’s Buck Mountain Cabin.
The story behind this home sounds like that of an intrepid pioneer, which gives the evident contemporaneousness of the building an extra layer of charm.
The 2,100-square-foot chalet is located in the village of Petite-Rivière-Saint-François on the St. Lawrence River, an hour’s drive from Quebec City.