The Le Massif de Charlevoix Train Station serves as an example (in my honest opinion) that sometimes combining complexity with simplicity is the way to go. Built in the Petite-Rivière-Saint-François municipality in Quebec, Canada along the St. Lawrence River at the bottom of the Massif de Charlevoix mountain, the Grande Pointe railway station, designed by STGM Architectes, gives travelers of the brand new tourist train and shuttle service access to said mountain. The station integrates with the region’s unique landscape through its simple design, moderate scale, use of local materials, and essential relationship with the nearby river.
The main locally harvested material used are the tamarack boards that cover most of the building. The unaltered boards (i.e., left in their natural state) will naturally change over time, as they will become grayer in their color. The spacing left between all the boards allows for controlled slivers of natural light into the interior spaces. This serves as a nod toward the existing rural architecture of the Charlevoix region, consisting of rustic barns and rough wooden buildings and other structures.
That, and doesn’t the station have a great view of the river, and look just WONDERFUL after snowfall?