When a B.C. couple started to plan for their dream retreat in Whistler, they wanted to ensure their new-build would fit in with the 1970s chalets that dot the neighbourhood. They quickly decided that the iconic A-frame—which is prevalent in the area—was the perfect style for them.
The couple recruited Vancouver’s Scott & Scott Architects to take on the design, who brought their love for locally sourced materials and a minimalist, yet dramatic, aesthetic to the project. In the three-storey house, the lowest level contains a room for the homeowners and their children to drop off snowboards, skis, mountain bikes and surfboards (depending on the season), a washroom, and a laundry room. Meanwhile the kitchen and living room are located on the second floor, and two bedrooms plus a “bunk room” are on the third.
Along with ensuring the exterior of the house blended into the neighbourhood, the architects chose materials that were from the surrounding environment too. The shingles, the hardwood floors, and the marble counters all come from local sources.