La Pointe is a ready-to-camp micro-shelter designed for the Poisson Blanc Regional Park, in Quebec. Built on a 12'x12' plan, the project addresses the challenge of designing an extremely compact, yet comfortable and low-cost living unit. L'Abri developed La Pointe following their design-build approach, also aiming at solving the problem of building on a remote site, only accessible by foot, with minimal impact on its environment. With its triangular geometry, the shelter offers a reinterpretation of the legendary A-frame popularized in North America in the 1950s.
It was important for the designers to create a simple, almost sculptural structure that would provide functional and nature-oriented spaces. A trail leads to the micro-shelter located ten minutes by foot from the reception. The interior spaces are minimal and bathed in natural light. A kitchenette and a table converting into an extra bed occupy the ground floor. An inclined ladder leads to the bed, suspended in the cathedral ceiling by steel rods. The focal point of the refuge is the large bay window that offers uninterrupted views of the forest and reservoir below. Leaning on the main volume, the covered terrace becomes the ideal place to continue to enjoy the outdoors when the temperature is less favorable. Timeless, the steel roofing is a nod to rural buildings from another era. The exterior cladding of natural cedar board and batten will take on a silvery hue over the years.