For a truly rugged wilderness experience consider, rustic geodesic eco-domes in Petite-Rivière-St-François, which offer majestic views of the landscape. Popularized by architect, inventor and environmentalist Buckminster Fuller, geodesic structures contain thin lattices of triangular modules. The forms are fortified, yet use very little material and are lightweight.
Domes Charlevoix are driving distance from Quebec. Near Le Massif ski resort, the three structures were designed in Europe with a Scandinavian-inspired design. Named Dômes Charlevoix, the buildings are inspired by its natural surroundings and available all season. The lodgings are located on the mountainside that can be reached through a path through the trees. They include wood-burning stoves, kitchenettes and spas with breath-taking views of the mountains.
Petite-Rivière-Saint-François, a municipality in Quebec, Canada, along the Saint Lawrence River, is the entrance to the Charlevoix region. It is home to Le Massif ski resort, a 50-minute drive from Quebec City. Ski season lasts from early December to late April. Le Massif de Charlevoix's has an above average annual snowfall in comparison to other ski areas in Eastern Canada with a five-year average of 250 in. Olivier Bourgeois of Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architectes, the company behind the design told Lonely Planet Travel News.
The south-facing windows offer great natural light and each room is decorated with grey canvas material that hangs from the walls and ceilings. The floors are concrete, and a staircase leads to a bedroom. Tent-like material reveals large windows with views of the nearby Saint Lawrence River. When the cabins are lit up, the windows look like eyes gazing from the trees.
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The domes offer stunning views of the mountains and trees. “So far the reactions have been really good. Visitors seem to love the experience, and the three domes are actually booked up until April. It’s been a hit so far on Facebook and Instagram,” Olivier said. He also said that the domes have proved especially popular with couples looking for a romantic getaway, although they can house up to four people and are suitable for small families. “It’s mainly for those who love new experiences and being isolated in the middle of nature,” Olivier said.
Eco-resorts like Dômes Charlevoix have become increasingly popular given their limited environmental impact. A similar project in northern Portugal, developed by architects Luís Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar, devised woodland cabins burrowed amongst the trees of a park.
The Dômes Charlevoix cost C$275/US$206 per night with a minimum of two nights and can be booked through the official website.