Chalet Papillon, Wentworth-Nord, Quebec

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Chalet Papillon in Wentworth-Nord, Quebec

February 29, 2024

Design: RobitailleCurtis

Location: Wentworth-Nord, Quebec, Canada

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec

Photos: Adrien Williams

Chalet Papillon, Canada

RobitailleCurtis proudly introduces Chalet Papillon, nestled in the picturesque Laurentian Mountains, north of Montréal. The chalet is perched high above Lac Notre-Dame and was designed as a rural getaway for a young family and their friends. The master plan for the property was initially completed in 2017 and, after a pause, the clients returned (with two more children to accommodate) in spring 2020, ready to proceed.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec Canada

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec

Working with the steep, narrow, densely wooded site, the aim was for minimal site disturbance and as little deforestation as possible. To achieve this, the house was positioned parallel to the site contours atop a particularly steep section of exposed granite ledge.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Canada

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Canada

The resulting two-storey house comprises a long, slender volume positioned at an angle to the site boundaries, and an adjacent, perpendicular entry bar that leads in from the parking court. This layout enables views of the lake from two elevations, and for the east end to extend out from between the trees as a dramatic balcony elevated more than 85 feet above the water.

Chalet Papillon Quebec Canada

Chalet Papillon Quebec Canada

Pre-weathered cedar cladding was chosen to match the grey tones of tree bark in the immediate context, and a standing-seam metal roof continues this colour palette for a unified appearance. The result is a home at one with its surroundings.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec

Throughout the home’s interior, light materials and minimalist detailing create a feeling of spaciousness on the efficient floor plan. White walls, concrete floors, and pale timber all contribute to the bright and airy atmosphere inside. The primary living spaces are located on the upper level, which is largely open plan and flooded with daylight.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec

A pitched, wood-lined ceiling echoes the shape of the roof outside and draws the eye to the dramatic view of its terminus. A long band of glazing along the south-west facade has a similar effect and offers a panoramic vista of the water during winter months. Custom built-in plywood seating runs below the window, creating spots to gaze out at the landscape, and linking the kitchen peninsula to the home’s hearth in the living room.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec Canada

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec Canada

On the opposite north facade, tall picture windows have been carefully positioned to frame views of the trees and bring in additional daylight, critically over the staircase and down to the lower level. At night, a pair of delicately thin linear lighting elements evenly illuminates the living area’s wood ceiling, adding to the warm and inviting atmosphere. The primary bedroom is also tucked at the back of this main volume and utilizes the bathroom beside the main entrance—at the clients’ request.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec Canada

Downstairs, clever spatial planning has allowed for three bunk bedrooms (all with queen-size beds), a bathroom, ancillary spaces, and an additional cozy living/ playroom. Carefully laid out in a row, each of the compact bedrooms has a large window, and closet space accessed from the corridor. With this configuration, the chalet can sleep 12 people.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec Canada

Both levels of the home have access to covered, operable screened porches, enabling outdoor dining and relaxation in adverse weather or without the bother of bugs. As extensions of the living spaces, these terraces better connect the residence with the landscape. The lower porch also leads out to an intentionally designed path that snakes down through the trees, eventually reaching the water’s edge. Altogether, this residence provides the perfect setting for the family to entertain guests, launch year-round weekend adventures, and enjoy the tranquility of such a scenic location.

Chalet Papillon Quebec Canada

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Canada

Chalet Papillon in Wentworth-Nord, Quebec – Building Information

Architecture – yh2 architecture
Architects: RobitailleCurtis – Andrew Curtis (OAQ, MRAIC, AIA, LEED BD+C), principal; Anne Charbit (OAQ), project manager

Landscape Architecture – RobitailleCurtis – Sophie Robitaille (AAPQ, AAPC, CSLA, ASLA), principal; Teressa Peill (AAPQ, CSLA),
Structural Engineering – BCA
Mechanical Engineering – MRA
General Contractor – Bois et Nature

Chalet Papillon Quebec Canada

About RobitailleCurtis
RobitailleCurtis is an architecture and landscape architecture studio founded in 2013 by American architect Andrew Curtis and Canadian landscape architect Sophie Robitaille, a husband-and-wife duo. RC’s work is thoughtful and authentic, comprising spaces derived from a profound sense of place, and a deep appreciation for the built environment and the natural world.

Working under one roof, their talented team of architects and landscape architects intermingle, share ideas, and problem-solve together. This cross-pollination of disciplines results in contextually appropriate architecture and carefully detailed landscapes that sit comfortably in their surroundings and contribute positively to them.

Chalet Papillon Wentworth-Nord Quebec Canada

Photography: Adrien Williams

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