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Lakeside Modern

4,000 sf Completed in 2019

The site for this modern mountain home is a steep uphill and rocky property, located across the street from Alta Lake in Whistler. The steepness of this narrow property combined with the dense forest environment rendered a good portion of the upper site inaccessible. Our design solution was to create an inverted plan with the living space on top, bedrooms at the middle floor, and garage, entry and utility spaces at the lowest level. The inversion of the sleeping and living levels allows the owners to occupy an enhanced view position from primary living spaces, as well as direct access to outdoor living on the property Views of the lake and mountain landscape are initially hidden from view and unfold through a journey to the upper floor living space via stairs or elevator. This dramatic living space features a high ceiling with a glass wall and a large exterior terrace overlooking the mountain and lake environment. In counterpoint to the expansive views from the east terrace, a dormer allows discrete views to extend up the precipitous rocky mountainside into the natural forest environment above. A large wood burning fireplace, detailed in blackened steel, and a floating concrete hearth anchors one end of the living space.

Notable features: The material palette for the house is designed to minimize visual noise and strengthen the calming and natural character of the property. The sculptural character of the home is enhanced by the simple elegance of the white metal cladding and black stained cedar. To the same ends, the overall interior palette is muted and calm and includes white walls and millwork, whitewashed wood windows and soffits, light oak flooring, and soft tones of porcelain flooring.