Architecture Casa designed Chalet Panorama, a modern retreat located in Saint-Siméon, Quebec, Canada. The building is integrated into the rocky terrain, with the foundation supported by two concrete blades. This way, water flows freely underneath the living spaces. Moreover, the walls of cross-laminated timber offer protection from the seismic activity of the region.

“In an eco-responsible spirit, several components have been recuperated, among others, from an old convent,” the architects said. “Dedicated to rental use, the choice of having a single living level imposed itself to allow for simplified and fluid spaces. This in-row design has opened all rooms towards the river and created a strong segregation of the living and rest areas.”

The interior design is minimalist, drawing inspiration from the surrounding landscape. Extensive use of wood, a fireplace, and large windows bring a warm feel to the living area. The kitchen and lounge are organized in an open plan; perfect for friend gatherings, this social zone can expand outdoors, thanks to a charming terrace that overlooks the river. [Photos and information provided by Architecture Casa]