Designed by ACDF Architecture for DAVNIC (David Lafrance et Nicolas Barette), Chalet Blanche is a cottage residence located in La Malbaie’s Terrasses Cap-à-l’Aigle, Canada. With 4275 pi2 in size, the simple and pure architecture of this cottage gently complements the landscape of Charlevoix in a modern fashion. It also provides the owner with a convivial space to enjoy the beauty of nature.
Stands on a raw concrete base, this cottage has a material that can evoke the stone foundations of the old wooden barns that swept the landscape of the site once. This concrete base houses the technical spaces of the cottage and serves as the foundation for the main entrance. There are two upper levels perched on the podium, clad in white stained wood that reminiscent of the lime plaster that was applied to the area’s ancestral homes.
The texture varies of the wood depend on the house facade. The lightness and joy in this house come from the composition of smooth, raw, and openwork siding. There are four bedrooms located on the first floor that can maximize the awesome views of the living spaces at the top level of the house. The dining room and kitchen are characterized by large 360-degree fenestration.
The living room can be found in a floating overhang with a unique form that reminiscent of the old bridges’ structure. The house cantilevered volume allows for a direct experience of the stunning reflections of the St. Lawrence estuary and the enchanting sunsets of La Malbaie.
Chalet Blanche is the convivial atmosphere expression sought by its owner. The house social nature with its openness to occasional professional exchanges, friends, and family is favored by its composition that juxtaposes the private space and some common spaces. The use of materials with a minimal yet original building shape can link this house to its setting.
Chalet Blanche Gallery
Photographer : Adrien Williams