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Lakeside Cabin is well-suited for hanging out, whatever the weather

Lakeside Cabin is well-suited ...
The Lakeside Cabin's living area features a climbing rope hanging from the ceiling
The Lakeside Cabin's living area features a climbing rope hanging from the ceiling
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The Lakeside Cabin's living area features a climbing rope hanging from the ceiling
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The Lakeside Cabin's living area features a climbing rope hanging from the ceiling
The Lakeside Cabin is well suited for entertaining guests and has custom bench seating installed
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The Lakeside Cabin is well suited for entertaining guests and has custom bench seating installed
The Lakeside Cabin's material palette is a simple mix of concrete, wood, and expansive glazing
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The Lakeside Cabin's material palette is a simple mix of concrete, wood, and expansive glazing
The Lakeside Cabin's second floor has four bedrooms
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The Lakeside Cabin's second floor has four bedrooms
The Lakeside Cabin measures 3,200 sq ft (297 sq m), spread over two floors
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The Lakeside Cabin measures 3,200 sq ft (297 sq m), spread over two floors
The Lakeside Cabin's interior is arranged around a fireplace and central atrium
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The Lakeside Cabin's interior is arranged around a fireplace and central atrium
The Lakeside Cabin is located among the trees on the shoreline in Knowlton, Quebec
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The Lakeside Cabin is located among the trees on the shoreline in Knowlton, Quebec
The Lakeside Cabin's exterior is finished in a local larch wood that has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method, lending it a distinctive appearance
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The Lakeside Cabin's exterior is finished in a local larch wood that has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method, lending it a distinctive appearance
The Lakeside Cabin's rear and front each have a porch
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The Lakeside Cabin's rear and front each have a porch
The Lakeside Cabin withstands temperatures as low as - 40 °F (- 40 °C) with excellent insulation and a high level of airtightness
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The Lakeside Cabin withstands temperatures as low as - 40 °F (- 40 °C) with excellent insulation and a high level of airtightness
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The Lakeside Cabin in Quebec, Canada, looks like a great place to hang with friends, literally – thanks to a climbing rope in the front room. Besides this fun little addition, it's well-equipped for entertaining guests and is designed to maintain a comfortable interior temperature, even in the harshest winter conditions.

Lakeside Cabin (aka Chalet Lakeside) was designed by Atelier Schwimmer for two brothers who enjoy an outdoorsy lifestyle. It features an attractive exterior finished in a local larch wood – much of which has been charred using the Japanese Shou Sugi Ban method to protect and preserve it. Additionally, the exterior has a cantilevering section that juts out to shade the home in summer.

The Lakeside Cabin withstands temperatures as low as - 40 °F (- 40 °C) with excellent insulation and a high level of airtightness
The Lakeside Cabin withstands temperatures as low as - 40 °F (- 40 °C) with excellent insulation and a high level of airtightness

The cabin measures 3,200 sq ft (297 sq m), spread over two floors, and has three entrances. The interior decor is a simple mix of concrete and wood, with large windows framing views of the nearby lake. The first floor is centered around a concrete fireplace and triple-height atrium, while elsewhere lies a bathroom, dining room, living room, mud room, and a kitchen. The rope, alas, doesn't offer a shortcut to the upstairs, but is just intended as a lighthearted addition for climbing up and down.

Stairs lead up to the second floor, which includes four bedrooms, a pair of bathrooms, a laundry room and a family room.

The Lakeside Cabin's interior is arranged around a fireplace and central atrium
The Lakeside Cabin's interior is arranged around a fireplace and central atrium

Atelier Schwimmer head Felix Schwimmer told us that local temperatures can get as low as - 40 °F (- 40 °C) in winter, so the cabin was fitted with excellent insulation and has a high level of airtightness. This is the same principle as a Passive House and helps the interior maintain a relatively steady temperature without requiring much energy to heat or cool.

Source: Atelier Schwimmer

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3 comments
Signguy
Cabin?! Bigger than most houses!
Chuck Cronin
Sweet, I see many possibilities to this design ^$$$$, an over hanging roof, decks front and back. The climbing rope has to go, will crack my head right on that corner.
CarolynFarstrider
Gosh, that climbing rope could give a whole new meaning to 'just dropping in for coffee'. Ouch.