This contemporary cottage-like dwelling was developed by CARGO Architecture for a young, dynamic couple in their thirties. The project, named Villa Boreale, sits on steep terrain and is surrounded by the wooded valleys and mountains of Charlevoix, Canada. It’s inspiration: the clean lines of a modern Scandinavian barn.

Purity and simplicity are at the basis of the design. The exterior displays a well chosen array of textures such as wood, concrete, and black metal cladding. A powerful contrast between the black steel finishes and the natural grain of the Eastern white cedar makes the residence stand out.

As you step inside, the Scandinavian inspiration becomes even more noticeable. The walls are all painted in white. Simple lines and minimalist furniture abounds. State-of-the-art appliances set the tone for an elegant, functional home. The highlight of the space is a flexible mezzanine, which currently accommodates a bedroom, a playroom for kids, and a reading corner.

“Throughout the design, the site was quickly revealed as a powerful element of the project,” the architects said. “By choosing carefully the location and size of each window, external views were highlighted, and the atmosphere created by natural light is pleasant throughout the whole day.”

Does your home (or your dream home) have any of the qualities of this cottage?

[Photography by Dave Tremblay]