Minimalist Escape: Chalet Poisson Blanc

In the human quest for shelter, the trend has generally been bigger is better. Many builders and homeowners are creating enormous spaces and filling them with technology. WiFi-connected lighting, refrigerators with television screens, heated toilet seats, and voice-activated stereo systems are just a few examples. It would appear that despite our efforts, the perfected living space may forever be out of reach.

In our efforts to create the ultimate comfort, we may have created a monster. Perhaps this is why we are becoming more and more enamored with cabins in the woods—rustic getaways where you can leave all the nonsense behind. In a world that is always seeking more, and is constantly speeding up, getting out into the woods and slowing down may be just what the doctor ordered. As we all shelter in place to various degrees, it is enjoyable to consider the cabin in the woods, as destination that requires some effort to reach, maybe even locking the hubs in the depth of winter, a box full of maps to plan the next adventure.

Modern Minimalist Cabin, Chalet Poisson Blanc

Welcome to Chalet Poisson Blanc, a modern, minimalist retreat located north of Montreal in the Laurentides region of Canada, an area characterized by boreal forests and thousands of kilometers of ski trails. This snowy region of Quebec is also home to the famous Mont-Tremblant ski resort.

Poisson Blanc was constructed in 2019, and its simple, square design doesn’t overwhelm but instead melds with the forested landscape. Perched on a sloping hillside, the chalet’s wraparound deck offers an elevated vantage point to survey the environment while generously-sized windows let in ample amounts of natural light.

On the inside, exposed ceiling joists soar overhead, while a single-color paint scheme, maple-veneer storage solutions, and stainless steel appliances feel right at home in the natural landscape. The architects at naturehumaine took their inspiration for this project from the nearby lake. They optimized the modest interior space of the cottage with simple, compact living spaces and by grouping services together. Poisson Blanc is the result of their exploration of the “purity of the cube.”


Photos: Raphaël Thibodeau

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Matt is a paragliding pilot and adventure seeker living full-time in a 25-foot Airstream travel trailer pulled by a Ram 2500. His love of the outdoors has driven him to explore remote destinations across North and South America in search of the most aesthetic peaks and beautiful flying sites. IG: @m.b.swartz