A well established format for mountainside cabin is the A-frame format and the Canadian based practice Scott and Scott recently reinterpreted the well known shape to disguise a wonderful retreat between neighboring 1970s chalets.
The weekend retreat is now home for a family of snowboarders, the property resides near Vancouver.
A sloping rock site shelters the residence facing north of Whistler village, an area that contains mainly cabins and chalets erected in the `70s.
“The neighborhood is made up of similar sized A-frame and Gothic arch cabins and chalets,” the architects relate “In contrast to the more recent larger-scaled residences in the region, the cabin was designed around the owners and our desire to work with the original scale of the early structures in the area.”
The shingle roof of the very graphic A-frame structure emphasizes its disguise in the neighborhood. Douglas fir has been sourced locally to create the entire building that sits on a concrete base, well anchored into the bedrock.
“The lumber joinery has been designed and engineered to utilize a simple repeated lapped joint at the floor and roof connections”
“The lap is reversed outward to allow for window dormers at the stair, bunk room and kitchen.”
Naturally the access in the cabin is made at its lowest level, the guest is welcomed with a room nestling a drying kit as well as space to store equipment, a washroom and a laundry.
The second level shelters the living room and the kitchen facing the hill. A full glass facade allows expansive views towards the mountainside, nearby valley and Green Lake.
The top floor accommodates a bank room, a guest room and a bedroom.
The bedroom enjoys expansive outwards views while the guest room can enjoy a private terrace facing the rock behind the cabin, complete intimacy in the natural environment.
Inside, all the materials used have been sourced locally, from the marble tops to the red cedar wood.
“The materials are locally harvested and quarried,” the design studio relates. “The exterior is clad in red cedar shakes, which will weather to the tone of the surrounding rock, the interior cabinetry was site-built by the carpenters with construction grade rotary-cut plywood, and the counters were fabricated from marble from the Hisnet Inlet quarry located on Vancouver Island.”
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