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Jean Verville creates black fairytale-like cottage in a Quebec forest

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Canadian architect Jean Verville has designed a cabin in rural Quebec with dark metal cladding and pointy roofs that “seems to emerge from a children’s story” (+ slideshow).

The holiday dwelling is situated on a gently sloping site in a hemlock forest in Eastern Townships, a region in southeastern Quebec.

Its name, Fahouse, is derived from the idea of “the new family house” according to Jean Verville, who founded his eponymous Montreal studio in 2004.

Verville worked closely with the client – a young professional couple with two children – to design a home that could have been taken from a fairytale.

“Derived from the archetypal figure of the house, the double triangular prism perfectly illustrates childhood and characterises the whole development of this project,” said Verville, who can be seen draped over the interior fitting in some of the photographs.

“I wanted to illustrate childhood, which characterises the whole development of this project,” he added about his posing.

Encompassing 1,900 square feet (176 square metres), the three-storey house consists of two conjoined volumes with pointy tips and black corrugated steel cladding. Each elevation of the sculptural home is markedly different.

The front volume appears as an A-frame structure perched atop a glass box. A portion of the ground level is cut away, resulting in a cantilever that covers a large terrace.