Two brothers share La Fraternelle retreat by Atelier Pierre Thibault

The brothers that commissioned Quebec City-based Atelier Pierre Thibault to create them a shared weekend house each have a separate black block to accommodate their family. Completed last year, La Fraternelle – or The Brotherly – is located in Charlevoix, a popular ski destination outside Quebec City. The clients tasked Atelier Pierre Thibault with completing

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Quebec ski chalet by YH2 features V-shaped roof modelled on bird’s wings

The overhanging roof of this lakeside residence in Quebec’s Laurentian mountain range was designed by architecture studio YH2 to match the profile of a bird’s wings. Called the Wooden Wing, the house is located beside Lac Supérieur. Its main feature is its V-shaped butterfly roof, which the Montreal-based architects modelled on a bird in flight. This ensured a streamlined

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Black concrete fireplace warms Quebec ski lodge by DKA Architects and Kl.tz Design

Chopped wood fits into the side of a huge black fireplace at this chalet in Quebec, which provides a winter retreat for a family of skiers. The Ski Lodge in Val Saint-Côme was designed by DKA Architects, based in Boisbriand, with interiors by Chambly studio Kl.tz Design. An hour north of Montreal, the chalet provides

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Bourgeois/Lechasseur nestles Quebec home with metal staircase into snowy hillside

Rough concrete, white cedar and vast expanses of glass define this light-filled house designed by Canadian studio Bourgeois/Lechasseur Architects near a ski resort. Villa Vingt is located in the town of Lac-Beauport in northern Quebec. The 361-square-metre home is anchored to a sloped site near the ski resort of Le Relais in the Laurentian Mountains.

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Skýli mountain shelter is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions

Utopia Arkitekter has designed a tent-like shelter that could provide a cosy retreat for trekkers in the mountains. Called Skýli, which means shelter in Icelandic, the conceptual cabin is designed by Stockholm-based Utopia Arkitekter to withstand the extreme weather conditions of Iceland’s mountain landscape. Built from both steel and cross-laminated timber, it would sleep up to 15 mountaineers,

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Imbue Design builds Red Hawk Residence in Utah around a courtyard

Utah firm Imbue Design has designed various outdoor living spaces, including a protected courtyard and a wrap-around deck, for a family home in Park City. The timber-clad Red Hawk Residence is built on a hillside, offering expansive views of the surrounding landscape. Measuring 4,500 square feet (418 square metres), the project comprises a main house

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Studio Razavi reinterprets traditional chalet architecture with Mountain House in the Alps

By pairing raw concrete with warm timber, French office Studio Razavi hoped to give a contemporary feel to this Alpine chalet home, while also complying with strict local architecture guidelines. Mountain House is a single-family home situated in the village of Manigod in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France, a popular ski destination. The region has very strict controls

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Studio Bergtraun perches black cabin on steep slope in the Sierra Nevada mountains

California-based Studio Bergtraun has completed a holiday home in Tahoe, nestling a simple black volume clad in corrugated metal into the steep landscape. Alpine Meadows Cabin was completed for a family of outdoor sports enthusiasts in California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. “The clients desired to create a fun-filled, cozy and informal cabin for family and

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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson adds ski-in, ski-out homes to California mountain resort

A set of piste-side residences by US firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson step down a portion of the Northstar mountain resort in California, allowing residents to ski in and out of their homes. The development, dubbed Stellar Residences and Townhomes, was designed to provide residents full access to the resort’s slopes. “Conceived to be efficient and

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Dezeen’s new Pinterest board features wintery landscapes and snow-capped houses

Still in the festive mood? Our latest Pinterest board features architecture from snowy regions around the world, including a mirror-clad shelter for Canadian ice skaters and a glass holiday home in Slovenia. Follow Dezeen on Pinterest ›

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Atelier l’Abri designs Canadian cabin for carpenter to build himself

A young carpenter who wished to build his own residence was the client for this modest project by Atelier l’Abri, located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships. The owner dubbed the cabin Wood Duck for its ubiquitous material. Timber makes up the structure of the home, as well as the exterior cladding and interior finishes. The project

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Studio Padron creates secluded library in the woods of New York state

This tiny black cabin by US firm Studio Padron serves as a cosy library and guest house for a vacation home in upstate New York (+ slideshow). Studio Padron completed the cabin to serve as a standalone, one-room library on the property. The small black hut doubles as a place for visitors to sleep. The More

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Studio B adds two separate volumes to Riverside House in Colorado

Colorado architects Studio B have extended a local waterfront home by adding a pair of buildings with different levels of privacy (+ slideshow). Riverside House is located in the remote town of Woody Creek, Colorado, and takes its name from a trout-fishing river that it faces. The original home is a low volume with public spaces More

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Arch 11 completes Rocky Mountain home atop a concrete plinth

Colorado architecture firm Arch11 has raised a single-family residence on a concrete plinth to provide unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains (+ slideshow). Named Lodgepole Retreat, the chalet sits 9,000 feet (2,745 metres) above sea level. The residence serves as a weekend getaway for a local family. A small stone cabin previously occupied the site, More

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Oppenheim Architecture celebrates imperfections of La Muna chalet in Aspen during renovation

This rustic residence in Aspen has been renovated by Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture in line with the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi, which acknowledges imperfection as beauty (+ slideshow). The 3,500-square-foot La Muna chalet was one of the first homes built in the exclusive Red Mountain enclave of the Colorado ski resort. After three decades of alterations More

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Pierre Thibault creates compact and light-filled house in a Quebec forest

Atelier Pierre Thibault has completed a holiday home in rural Quebec with a giant window wall that provides expansive views of the scenic terrain (+ slideshow). Called La Maison Haute, the dwelling is located in a remote area of Quebec near Lake Clair. The cabin sits atop a plateau, and is surrounded by mature trees and a river. More

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Rabbit Snare Gorge cabin sits on a bluff in remote Nova Scotia

Plates of weathering steel frame the tall doorway to this timber-clad home, designed by architects Design Base 8 and Omar Gandhi for a remote site on Canada’s Cape Breton (+ slideshow). The cabin was built for an arborist and outdoor pursuits enthusiast among the rugged landscape of Rabbit Snare Gorge, from which it takes its name. More

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Bright white home by MU Architecture blends with Quebec’s snowy landscape

Canadian studio MU Architecture has completed a white-painted holiday home in rural Quebec that is composed of two stacked volumes that cling to the steep terrain (+ slideshow). Called the Nook Residence, the weekend retreat is situated in the Eastern Townships region of Quebec, in a quiet area near Lake Memphremagog. Encompassing 3,000 square feet (278 square metres), the two-storey More

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Robitaille Curtis perches a ski chalet on a steep slope in Quebec

Canadian firm Robitaille Curtis has completed a cabin in the Laurentian Mountains that sits atop wooden pilotis, enabling melting snow to flow under the home (+ slideshow). Called the Laurentian Ski Chalet, the home is located near the Quebecois village of Saint-Donat. It was built on a steep hill that formerly served as a ski More

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Mork-Ulnes completes California ski chalet coated in black tar

This northern California cabin by Mork-Ulnes Architects is clad in tar-coated timber and sits atop a concrete plinth – measures that both help protect the structure from heavy snowfall. Encompassing 17,500 square feet (1,625 square meters), the five-bedroom cabin is located on Donner Summit near a major ski resort. It sits on a gentle slope, on More

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Alex Hogrefe’s conceptual retreat cuts into a remote Icelandic clifftop

Architectural visualiser Alex Hogrefe has imagined a precarious concrete retreat cut into the edge of a remote clifftop in Iceland, as part of a series of tutorials in creating renderings (+ slideshow). Hogrefe designed the building to allow him to demonstrate some of the visualisation techniques he uses in his work, focusing on lighting, texture and “atmosphere”. He presents the images on his website More

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Scott and Scott completes mountainside cabin in Whistler for family of snowboarders

The A-frame exterior of this mountainside cabin in Whistler was designed by Canadian studio Scott and Scott to mimic neighbouring 1970s chalets. Based in nearby Vancouver, Scott & Scott designed the property as a weekend retreat for a family of snowboarders. It sits upon on a steeply sloping rock face in a residential area to More

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Znameni Ctyr completes a contemporary chalet in the Krkonoše mountains

Znameni Ctyr Architekti has replaced a run-down mountain chalet in the Czech Republic with a similar but more contemporary version that leans outward as if about to fall over (+ slideshow). Named Chalet Saint Peter, the house is located on a slope in the Krkonoše mountains, which extend along the Czech-Poland border to divide the historic regions of Bohemia and […]

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Holzhaus am Auerbach features projecting terraces that extend the living space outdoors

Raised terraces cantilever out from both sides of this Alpine retreat by architects Christine Arnhard and Markus Eck, allowing occupants to extend their dining room into the garden (+ slideshow). Named Holzhaus am Auerbach, the house is located in a small village in Upper Bavaria, Germany. Arnhard and Eck built it as their own vacation home, but […]

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Patkau Architects designs chalet with steep angled roof beside a Whistler ski slope

This timber-clad ski chalet has a crystalline form designed to “shed snow” from the roof and an elevated living room that optimises views across Canada’s Whistler Valley (+ slideshow). Vancouver studio Patkau Architects designed the 460-square-metre home for Martin and Sue Hadaway on a steep slope in Whistler, a popular ski resort located 80 miles north of Vancouver in British […]

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Mountain lodge by Reiulf Ramstad Architects has a V-shaped footprint that follows the terrain

This pine-clad cabin by Reiulf Ramstad Architects has two glazed gables that frame views of the Norwegian landscape and a V-shaped plan that follows the slope of the mountainous terrain (+ slideshow). Surrounded by cross-country ski tracks and hiking tracks, the 120-square-metre building is situated in the mountains above a village named Ål in Buskerud county, and is home to a family of five. Related […]
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LEAPfactory installs prefabricated ski and snowboard school beside Mont Blanc

Using a custom-designed structure suited to extreme conditions, Italian studio LEAPfactory has constructed a new building for a ski and snowboard school beside the highest mountain in the Alps (+ slideshow). Situated in the shadow of Mont Blanc, on the south-east side of the France-Italy border, the small hut provides a new reception and lounge for the […]
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Mountain hideaway hidden inside a concrete boulder in the Alps

Swiss studio Bureau A has concealed a wooden cabin inside an artificial rock and transported it to a remote site in the Swiss Alps. Bureau A, a studio led by architects Leopold Banchini and Daniel Zamarbide, designed the mountain shelter to pay tribute to the central character in the novel Derborence by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. […]
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Proposed mountain hostel by Atelier 8000 looks like it has crashed into the Earth

This giant cube that appears to have landed on its side in the mountains is a proposal by Czech studio Atelier 8000 for a facilities building in Slovakia’s High Tatras peaks (+ slideshow). With the “succinct shape of a simple cube” that appears to have been dropped at random onto the snowy landscape, Atelier 8000’s […]

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