In the summer, Naturehumaine’s Poisson Blanc house stands out like a brilliant beacon in the woods. In the wintertime, though, it becomes camouflaged by its own monochromatic white exterior.
The Montreal studio designed the home with a clear remit: Make things simple, make them affordable, and make them stark white. The house sits on a rugged stretch of land in Quebec’s Laurentide region surrounded by trees and rocks. Its square frame is propped up on the bedrock, and its symmetric gabled roof rises to a dramatic point. After snow has fallen, the all-white house blends into the landscape, save for the warm glow from the windows.
Covering a modest 1,200 square feet, the cabin employs a simple layout and palette of materials to keep costs down. On the main floor, an open living room, kitchen, and dining area feel bright and airy under lofty sloped ceilings; built-in maple veneer cabinetry and bookshelves provide the only hint of color and a door by the kitchen leads out to a terrace. The rest of the floor contains a a master bedroom and bath, plus stairs to the upper level, which holds additional sleeping quarters and storage space. Take a closer look, below.