Atelier Schwimmer is the design studio led by Felix Schwimmer who developed the Lakeside Cabin project. Atelier Schwimmer collaborates with many professionals from different fields, with the aim of creating architecture that has a positive impact on the community and the environment.
The project stems from the desire of two brothers to have a space where they could escape from city life and devote themselves to their passions and love of nature on the shores of Lake Brome. The Chalet therefore became their point of reference to share with friends, relax and enjoy the view.
The Black Cabin was built near a small town in the east of the country, nestled between typical 19th century houses and more modern cottages in the surrounding area, which are mainly on the sides of the structure, while on the opposite side of the lake view the building is sheltered by a tree-lined hill.
The cabin represents the archetype of local architecture, and has three entrances, the main one being an atrium open to the lake.
The building is built around a fireplace located in the centre of a concrete slab floor on the ground floor, next to a triple-height open area that makes it visible from every point of the cabin, generating a sort of canyon. This open space divides the house into areas with various spatial characteristics. On both sides of the ‘canyon’, glass walls offer a view of the outside environment. On the second floor there is a bridge that serves as a more communal space, leading to four bedrooms.
The exterior cladding of the building is made of larch treated by two methods: the charred boards are the most exposed, while the recessed boards are protected by a natural oil. This configuration accentuates the light/dark characteristics of the house, emphasising its unique appearance.
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