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FAHouse

The FA House is a contemporary evolution of the traditional A-frame cabin vernacular – a stunning example of sensitivity to materiality and connectivity to landscape and place. Architect Jean Verville started with a stunning tree-blanketed site and a pure geometric expression. From there he pushed, prodded, plucked and pruned that formal simplicity into something that suspends disbelief and cements itself as a welcome addition to an already incredible place. Continue reading

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Villa Boreale

A steep gabled roof emerges from behind a snowy hill and blends in with the tightly clumped furry green pine trees surrounding it. The Villa Boreale is slowly revealed: a modern scandinavian-inspired cabin designed by Cargo Architecture for a young couple looking to nest in the frigid wilderness of Charlevoix, Quebec. Banks of snow nestle up to the foundation and engulf the place where structure starts and ground begins, marking the start of a wondrous piece of architecture that is perfectly crafted for the tiny plot of land it inhabits. Continue reading

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Southern Highlands House

Sometimes architecture takes on forms unearthed from the unexpected, venturing into uncharted territory to present something truly unique and special. The Southern Highlands House by Benn + Penna Architecture should be viewed first as one of these instances, and second as a carefully crafted architectural object that does almost everything right. Convention was dropped off at mile post one as the designers looked to the land, to the past, and to the future to come up with something extraordinary. Continue reading

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Laurentian Ski Chalet

The ski cabin is a well known and cherished architectural archetype. The steeply pitched roof. The high foundation. The dark wood and sweeping views and living room fireplace surrounded by natural stone stained with ash. The Laurentian Ski Chalet by Robitaille Curtis Architects is one of these cabins. It embraces the traditional design footing of the ski lodge while exploring formal and material ideas that result in shattering the mold we’ve all become so familiar with. Trust me, it’s a good thing. Continue reading

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Jero Shelter

A yurt is a portable, round tent traditionally covered with skins or felt and used as a dwelling by nomads in Central Asia. German designer Uula Jero, intrigued by the circular shape of the yurt, decided to create a modern yurt and the Jero Shelter is the result. Unlike traditional yurts which are very heavy and weigh around 500 kg / 1,102 lb (many of which have a wooden structure), the Jero Yurt weighs only 110 kg (242 lb), and can fit into a car or even be towed by bike. The most appealing element of the Jero Yort is its traditional shape. Its circular design defines an ancient way of living and the layout of the interior has a distinct and historic charm. Continue reading

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The NEST

Nestled on the banks of Lake Superior sits a small off-the-grid shelter thought up by a father-son duo hell-bent on building a cabin to not only hold their stuff, but their dreams as well. While the exterior aesthetic would suggest exotic materials, radical construction techniques and extravagant detailing, the opposite holds true. Revelation Architects made inventive use of common materials and methods to create something truly unique. Continue reading

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Chalet Forestier

Living small is quickly becoming a big deal around the globe, and this second family home, which acts as a forest chalet getaway, is no exception. This Atelier Barda design has been beautifully constructed in Frelighsburg QC, Canada, and is likely going to be the template for many more demands made for this style of dwelling. Continue reading

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Nahahum Canyon Residence

This cabin, located north of Cashmere, Washington, is both natural and luxurious. Balance Associates Architects delicately and dramatically carved the two-level 1,650 square foot retreat in to the canyon at its base. Continue reading

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Valley House

Plan Bureau architects conceptualized a home that brings the mountains to the valley. Inspired by the unpredictable and irregular mountain peaks and valleys, this is an original and powerful approach. A small square foot print defines the ground floor living spaces. This lower cube acts as a pedestal for the rectangular plan forms of the bedrooms above. Continue reading

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Panorama House

On a stunning site with forests and valleys and grassy marshes, taking advantage of all of them is key. Blouin Tardif Architecture-Environnement did just that by flipping a traditional cottage. By placing the private sleeping quarters on the ground floor, daily living spaces enjoy the splendid natural views. Continue reading