Nestled into a hill overlooking the Saint Lawrence River estuary just outside of Quebec City in the small municipality of Petite-Riviere-Saint-Francois, the Great Horizontals Ski Chalet offers stunning views to its inhabitants—including a view of the nearby Le Massif ski resort.
The chalet is named “Long Horizontals” for its series of long units that have been combined together. Think storage containers—only much more luxurious and elegant—stacked on top of each other and you’ll get the basic idea. The chalet measures 490 square meters of grey scale and woodwork. Louis Thellend, an architect for Thellend Fortin Architectes, the firm responsible for the house, explained that the “monochrome palette was designed to offset the natural surroundings, which are snow-white in the winter and forest-green in the summertime.”
The woodwork is paler in colour, which helps to brighten up the home and make it feel warmer. Fireplaces provide the heating. As for arrangement, the chalet has been organized in the opposite manner of what you might be accustomed to. The main living areas are located on the top, while bedrooms are downstairs and are partially sunk into the slope of the hill.
The dining room hangs out over the slope of the hill on stilts, and has floor-to-ceiling glass walls on three sides and a table large enough for 14 guests. Accommodations include a master bedroom, two bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, two kids bedrooms with a shared washroom, a children’s playroom, laundry room, and a wine cellar.