Montreal's APPAREIL Architecture drew upon several principles of Nordic vernacular to optimize sunlight and warmth for this cabin in Quebec. The result is a rustic home that muses on the similarities between architecture across all northern climates.
Economical, plentiful, and homely, wood was a natural fit for the project. In back, a modest deck area offers an escape from cabin fever during the warmer months.
A large porch is a common characteristic of Quebec architecture. In keeping with the residents' desire to live more sustainably, the firm sourced salvaged wood for the exterior slats.
Large windows make the forest a constant presence indoors. A wood walkway runs along the perimeter of the house.
To brighten the interiors, APPAREIL situated all openings, large and small, so that light would bisect the entire volume.
The abundance of windows serves a practical purpose, too. The home's polished concrete floor acts as thermal mass, absorbing and re-emitting heat throughout the day.