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Naturehumaine Puts Cabin Fever to Rest with Panoramic Mountain Views

Naturehumaine Puts Cabin Fever to Rest with Panoramic Mountain Views

The classic cabin in the woods receives a modern update

Written by –
Jess Ng
on November 21st 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

La Binocle


Nestled in the heart of nature, the classic cabin in the woods is the ultimate tranquil hideaway. Case in point: the beautiful La Binocle, designed by Canadian architecture studio, Naturehumaine. Designed for a bold and dynamic client who is passionate about design, this minimalist cabin is intended to be a timeless contemplative space, inviting peace and reflection. Let’s take a closer look.

Modern minimalist cabin by Naturehumaine with black burnt wood facade and angular sloping rooftop |

Angled Simplicity

Perched on a mountain in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, this residence is almost primitive in its simplicity. But that’s not a criticism of Naturehumaine’s unique concept. Instead, it’s an unabashed testament to the level of restraint in its design. Inspired by binocular glasses, the minimalist angular form works to underline the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

Minimalist cabin with large panoramic windows and shaded overhangs |

“The address of the project, Crowhill Road, has also influenced the design to some degree with the idea of two crows perched on the hill and observing the landscape. This inspired the use of black burned wood exterior cladding, reminiscent of their jet black and glowing plumage.” — Naturehumaine.

Exterior facade of a minimalist cabin with black burnt wood cladding |

Views and Sunsets

The design of this minimalist cabin consists of two volumes set atop a raw concrete foundation. The first houses the communal living areas, and comes complete with a wood platform terrace. Oriented towards the west, it’s the perfect spot for enjoying the sunset. Meanwhile, angled slightly towards the east, its counterpart contains two bedrooms. These quarters enjoy panoramic views towards the horizon.

Aerial view of a minimalist cabin by Naturehumaine inspired by binocular glasses |

Into the Void

Mirroring the natural slope of the ground, the black mono-pitched roof makes it look as though the cabin is about to slide over the cliff. The design was built as close as possible to the cliff’s edge to maximize the effect of projection into the void.

Exterior facade view of a minimalist cabin designed by Naturehumaine |

“The idea was to minimize the impact of the house by the small footprint of its foundations on the ground. [As such] the land has been little modified in its topography.” — Naturehumaine.

Striking angular exterior facade of a minimalist cabin in the woods designed by Naturehumaine |

Large panoramic windows shaded by deep dramatic overhangs dominate the facade of the cabin. This feature not only draws attention to the views, but offers natural shade and respite from the sun.

Imposing entrance of a minimalist cabin adorned in black burnt wood panels designed by Naturehumaine |
Contemporary interior of a minimalist cabin with panoramic window views and black panel ceiling |

Neutral Ground

Inside, the natural views become the focal point of the living spaces and master bedroom. In this way, the outside becomes a living, breathing work of art. The aesthetic is predictably minimalist, with black wood panel ceilings and ceramic concrete flooring (a nod to the natural finish of the building’s foundations).

Bright contemporary bedroom of a minimalist cabin with breathtaking natural views of the Quebec countryside |

“It’s quite interesting to see how the chalet is transformed during the night, when all is dark outside. The mirror effect of the reflection of the interior space in the windows completely changes the relationship to the space and seems to enlarge the chalet.” — Naturehumaine.

Contemporary white tiled bathroom of a minimalist cabin by Naturehumaine |

Final Thoughts

With this project, the aim of the game for Naturehumaine was symbiosis with the environment. And while it’s true that this minimalist cabin in the woods doesn’t exactly blend in with its surroundings, it doesn’t distract from it either, making La Binocle a runaway success. Overall, as the architectural equivalent of camping under the stars, Naturehumaine have created an understated celebration of all things nature. What do you think?


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