A Simple Alpine Cabin from Quebec by La Shed Architecture

Shrouded by trees, this alpine cabin can be found along the shore of a lake in Laurentians, Quebec. The A-frame cabin, dubbed Chalet de La Plage by the designers, attempts to embrace nature while also maintaining owner’s privacy.


The project was undertaken by a local firm called La Shed Architecture, who turned to traditional chalets for inspiration during the design process.



The simple monochrome exterior gives way to a much brighter interior. Greys, whites and natural wood make up the majority of the color scheme. There’s an emphasis on comfort and relaxation thanks to a largely distraction free interior that’s complete with plush furnishings.



The front gable-end wall takes advantage of its location by providing the occupants with floor-to-apex glazing. The windows look out across the immediate trees and lake beyond. Elsewhere, they’ve added picture windows and patio doors to ensure the views can be appreciated regardless of which room you’re in.


The bulk of Chalet de la Plage is occupied by a single open plan living room, dining area and kitchen. This room also sports a cathedral ceiling and a mezzanine. The mezzanine is set atop of a large timber component that almost looks as if it was simply inset instead of built in situ.


The timber section of the home houses the rear end of the kitchen, the bathroom, and the master bedroom. It also has a built-in staircase to the left-hand-side, providing access to the mezzanine above. The bedroom and bathroom continue with the distraction free, low-maintenance theme.


The mezzanine is used as primarily as a study, but also contains a second bed for guests. The cabin appears to be heated by a single wood-burning stove in the living room.

For more cabins check out Linear Cabin, a simple contemporary retreat set next to Lake Bluff. Or, Summerhouse T, a 431-square-foot cabin located on the Stockholm Archipelago. See all cabins.

Via DesignBoom
Photos: Maxime Brouillet

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

  1. I would have curtains and possibly a wooden or stone porch built up to approximately 3 feet to give privacy to block someone from looking in whether animal or human. But I definitely like the openness of the place. Does not feel closed in.

    This year I was in a car accident and was looking for a new car. I found that the rental cars I rented and others that I was looking at to buy were dark interiors and after a time, it felt depressing. I remember as a child my parents could get the interior of the car blue or green or a light car and now it seems that if you are lucky to find a car that has a light interior, it is either gray or light beige or tan.

    The great thing about your house or apartment, if that you can change the interior or exterior if single unit home . Another thought is that when I am typing this note, I am being shown a house with trees surrounding it but the exterior is dark wood. It seems out of place How would you find the place during the winter or differerate the structure from others if a separate unit that is not so out there or so familiar that it feels boring.

  2. le chalet de le plage………. is perfect for me in all respects. I can not climb the stairs and I love it anyway. maybe I would get a pulley operated dumb waiter and use that to haul my sorry bum up to the sleeping loft???? It would be worth it. thank you Naill