Charbonniere House

Overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the Charbonniere House is ingrained into a mountainside in the Charlevoix region of Québec. Its charred cedar exterior follows the terrain, creating a series of volumes arranged around a central courtyard. From the road, a lack of windows gives the structure a monolithic presence. Upon entry, the somber facade fades into a dreamy, rustic interior created by stone floors and white planked walls mixed with an abundance of natural light. While the front of the home is opaque, its rear is fitted with large panels of glazing. The black frame windows open the inside to the outdoors, affording expansive views of the pristine riverscape ahead.

Photos: James Brittain Photography / Alain Carle Architecte

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