Embedded in the Canadian woodlands 90 minutes outside of Montreal, this modern retreat was envisioned by Paul Bernier ArchitecteHouse on Lac Grenier appears to bend around the trees and follow the undulating lines of the terrain.

The single-level dwelling is wrapped in vertical cedar slats, weatherproofed from the region’s severe climate. “A narrow opening in the envelope invites visitors inside where, along the southern facade, the volume of the house opens up to let in light and views,” the architects say. “The property then makes its final turn, orienting itself toward a clearing in the woods that offers a view of a passing stream.”

The interiors are highly modern, displaying minimalist furniture, neon lighting and massive glazed openings. The social core of the residence is a large open area, occupied by three abstract wooden volumes: a storage and bench unit in the entrance, a kitchen island and a cabinet housing the TV and sound system.

One of the most spectacular interiors in this modern retreat is a cantilevered room on the south side with a view of the lake. It is here that one can experience nature up close, thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows on every side. [Photography: Adrien Williams]