Part of an exclusive mountain neighborhood in Whistler, Canada, the residence belonging to a London-based client was inspired by its surroundings and received a simple name hinting to its location – Whistler Residence. Battersby Howat Architects completed this residential project taking into account the client’s affinity for typical Whistler chalets, but upgrading the architecture to a modern standard. As the architects describe it, the house is slightly deceptive: “located on a smallish, yet prominent site, the visual mass of this large structure was diminished through making a substantial portion of the house appear to be below grade. Thoughtful removal of bedrock and the careful allocation of program to allow for both adult and children’s retreat zones resulted in a structure that is extremely private and looks deceptively modest in relation to its neighbors.” A collection of carefully placed windows help capture views of the distant mountain peaks and rocky/green terrain in the immediate vicinity. Cladded in black stained shingles and topped off with standing seam metal roofing, the Whistler Residence photographed by Sama Jim Canzian stands out without overwhelming the panorama.
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