A solution by Scott and Scott Architecture follows, an answer to the needs of snowboarding enthusiasts, a splendidly simple remote-snowboarding cabin in the north of Vancouver Island.
The spectacular cabin of Susan and David Scott has been elevated off the ground on six columns tailored in douglas fir, the tree trunks pierce the horizontal planes throughout the home, highlighting the rustic experience of the new shelter.
Cedar wraps the exterior that is meant to age in time along with the surrounding forest, the interior tells a story of the mountain through planed fir sourced locally.
“The construction approach was determined to avoid machine excavation, to withstand the annual snowfall, to resist the dominant winds and to build in a manner which elevates the building above the height of the accumulated snow on the ground” the architects relate.
The ground floor shelters an open plan living room and kitchen, a bathroom and one sauna. On the second floor two bedroom and a study await its discovery between the two floors.
The ground floor has one corner sliced out only to form a spacious porch where the inhabitants ought to store firewood and snowboarding equipment.
The establishment is part of a community-operated recreational area situated 1300 meters above sea level, only accessible through a gravel road for five months per year only. Seven months remain for hardcore experiences like carrying equipment and supplies on a sledge towards your home.
Completely off the grid, the home is heated by a wood burning stove and water fetched nearby, carried in.
The architects have been designers and builders in this project, friends helped in the construction of the establishment. “The cabin was constructed out of a desire to directly design and build as a singular act, to work with the freedom one experiences when snowboarding, and in a manner which is centered in the adventure and not bound heavily in pre-determination”
The Architecture practice Scott and Scott was launched by Susan and David Scott after twelve years of working in established design studios.
How do you see this project by Scott and Scott ? The simple snowboarding alpine cabin is something that many pursue and the design ahead seems to point out a simple yet beautiful solution that ought to be considered in a forest-site.