Whistler Ski House
Whistler Ski House
Set in the Coast Mountains of western Canada, Whistler Ski House is a family retreat built to withstand its harsh mountain environment. Elevated ten feet above grade, the main level provides a sense of occupying the tree canopy while also floating above snowdrifts and the flood prone lake shore.
The house is designed as two separate structures connected by an 80-foot-long glass-walled bridge. A custom designed horizontal shutter system creates privacy and also protects upholstery and art from harsh snow glare. With simple crank and switch controls, the façade can transform from glass-clad to semi-exposed with raw-edged Douglas fir louvers, to completely protected with weathered steel.
The bridge not only creates privacy between the two wings but also weaves through a grouping of evergreens. By spreading out the house across the site, trees were preserved and views maximized. On one, side the floor-to-ceiling windows overlook a mountain lake stretching across the foot of the property; on the other side is a forest of firs, hemlocks and aspens.
This mountain home is almost completely wrapped in operable devices to protect it from weather conditions. Its glazing can be fully exposed, or totally buttoned up, or somewhere in between.Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
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