La Binocle by NatureHumaine
Clad in burnt wood, La Binocle represents a beautiful mountain cabin that is comprised of two angular volumes, surrounded by a lush forest with views opening up to distant landscapes.
It was designed by none other than the well-known NatureHumaine, a Canadian studio that has made quite a few appearances on our site with their projects such as the Bolton Residence in Quebec, the Connaught Residence in Montreal, the Dulwich Residence in Saint-Lambert and a few others throughout Canada.
Perched on a mountain in the Eastern Townships, the Crowhill cabin is based on its timelessness and minimalism concept. By its angular shape, the project aims to underline the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The project takes advantage of the rocky cape to anchor its raw concrete foundations, on which rest two volumes advancing towards the treetops.
The first module contains the living areas while the second has two bedrooms. By accompanying the natural slope of the ground, their sloping roofs reinforce the sensation of sliding over the cliff. The entrance forms an in-between space between the modules that are oriented differently from each other.
The overhanging roofs on the south facade emphasize the view while limiting solar gain during the hot season. On the side, a wooden platform located in continuation of the kitchen is oriented west towards the sunset. The burnt wood use on the facades and the pre-woven hemlock planks result in a natural palette for the exterior envelope.
Inside, the panoramic view becomes the focal point of the living spaces and of the master bedroom. On the floor, the ceramic with a concrete finish unites all the spaces and reminds the natural finish of the foundations. While enhancing the landscape, the project above all considers the cabin as a minimal and contemplative space, inviting tranquility.