Located in a small town in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, Black Cabin by Atelier Schwimmer is set amongst classical 19th-century houses and more recently built cottages. Conceived as an archetypical house, the cabin has three entrances, forming a loggia at the entrance and at the back, and a covered terrace to the side.
The design was developed around a fireplace set next to a dramatic triple-height atrium that is visible from everywhere within the cabin. The architects describe the dramatic spatial volume as a ‘canyon of hospitality.’
On both sides of the canyon, glazed walls offer views of the outdoors. Traversing the canyon on the second floor is a bridge that creates more common space. The four bedrooms located above open up onto this bridge.
The exterior material selection of Larch treated with two different methods emphasizes the simple and clear geometry of the architecture. The dark, charred planks are located on surfaces that directly face the elements while larch treated with natural oil is applied to the recessed and less exposed planks.