Chalet Lac Champlain: A Contemporary Cottage Acting as Observation Post on Natural Settings

Boom Town designed a contemporary cottage called Chalet lac Champlain. Situated near Lake Champlain in Quebec, Canada, the cottage is a few meters away from the American border at the height of the Philipsburg Bird Sanctuary. Aside from living place, it also acts as an observation post on the surrounding natural settings.

Chalet Lac Champlain

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There are two plateaus that compose the landscape of the Chalet Lac Champlain. The two plateaus are separated by a 10-meter sheer cliff and of a gentle slope access to the lake which is a rare privilege for this site.

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The site offers a wonderful sight line to the west overlooking the nearby lake. Consisted of three stories, the cottage also functions as an observation post on Lake Champlain’s natural settings.

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The vertical circulation found in the cottage provides views both on the cliff and the lake which is thinly veiled by tree trunks. Due to its location, the property appears almost lean.

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From the façade, you can see windows are installed almost in every room.

Two Large Terraces

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On the superior level on the south side, there are two large terraces that allow the occupants to gaze at the landscape and pursue their contemplation.

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The terraces provide segmentation of the two volumes that have been separated by a subtle offset between the north, south, and central parts where the stairs are set. Such play in the volume is emphasized by the installation of wooded covering and color variation.

The Interior

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White walls emphasize the cottage’s contemporary side. It also combines with natural materials, such as dining table with wood footings, wood flooring, and stoned-like centerpieces.

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The dining area and the white kitchen are arranged in the same space, resulting in the easier transition between the two areas. Both areas have access to the outside through the glass-sliding doors.

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Just like the rest of the spaces, the bedroom is using the same white palette and wood flooring. It has access to the terrace through the glass door.

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Black tiles on the floor look contrasting to the white bathroom wall as well as the modern tub and the vanity.

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Alana Groom

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