Nestled in the Devil River’s Valley, with Mont Tremblant National Park as a backdrop, is a series of A-frame buildings on the “Farouche Tremblant” agritourism site. Designed by Canadian architecture firm Atelier l’Abri, the buildings are intended to “recede in the landscape”. The studio designed a cafe, farm and four rental micro-cabins to serve as base camps for visitors wishing to visit Devil’s River and the valley.
Designer: Atelier l’Abri
The four micro-cabins feature steep pitched roofs clad in cedar shingles. In fact, the clapboards reach to the ground and in turn form sloping walls. Each cabin has a king-size bed, sofa and gas stove, all connected by a narrow, winding path. The cabin entrance has been reinforced with an outdoor deck and glazed gable end, allowing visitors to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding natural landscape whether inside or outside the cabin. “The cabins, while minimal, are designed to allow visitors to comfortably experience the changing beauty of the site throughout all four seasons,” said Nicolas Lapierre, founding partner of Atelier l’Abri.
The café, on the other hand, features an anthracite-colored steel roof and hemlock-clad walls, inspired by the local farms in the area. The interiors consist of a high ceiling and a mezzanine that serves as a quaint place to sit and relax. In addition to a cafe, the property is also home to a small seasonal market, a cozy lounge area with river and mountain views, and a farming barn, farmland, and greenhouses. Hiking trails also start behind the farm building.
“The micro-cabin structures were inspired by the compact A-frame cottages and cabins of the 1950s and ’60s, while the larger cafe and farmhouse buildings were inspired by native agricultural architecture. The essentially minimalist buildings recede into the landscape, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the wild beauty of Devil’s River,” said Lapierre. All of the buildings at Farouche Tremblant have been clad in locally sourced wood. The tiny cabins were placed on steel pilings without using cement. This causes minimal disturbance to the ground and reduces its impact on it.