Battersby Howat Architects have designed a house in Whistler, BC, Canada. Located in an exclusive Whistler, B.C. neighborhood halfway up a mountainside, this house was designed for a client from London, England who enjoyed the timber structures characteristic of the typical Whistler Chalet but wanted something unique that would capture the ambience without the cookie cutter organization and aesthetic. 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.
The lowest level, which connects directly to grade, has a maze-like disposition of private and communal spaces. Exposed concrete walls bracket seamless wood lined alcoves that provide access to the sleeping quarters and service spaces located on this level. The main floor is a large open room animated by multiple natural light sources and varied views to the forest and mountains beyond. As on the first floor, walls extend past corners obscuring the space’s sense of containment. On the exterior, walls operate in a similar manner by extending the perceived limits of the interior and cropping views to control exposure and privacy.
Standing seam metal roofing and black stained shingles clad the main form of the structure. In contrast, recessed areas are lined with clear finished red cedar, douglas fir beams and large planes of glazing that bring warmth and light into the interior spaces.
House Refurbishment in Barcelona by ARCHITECTURE-G
The project comes from a young couple with two small children, so the house should match the changing needs of the family throughout their life. The project focuses on making the entire floor of the property with logical flow between the areas.
The Contemporary Maison du Boisé by Gestion René Desjardins
Montreal interior designers Gestion René Desjardins have completed the Maison du Boisé project. Completed in 2011, the luxury interior design property can be found in Canada.
According to the architects: “Once the clients had picked a wooded site, the brief was to create a contemporary Canadian house that would specifically address the children’s needs. From there, the mother was...
Los Angeles-based interior designers and architects Jamie Bush & Co have completed the Santa Monica project. Completed in 2001, the striking home can be found in Santa Monica, California, US.
The design concept of this luxury Santa Monica property is modern, warm, and open to nature. The landscaping is an important focus, with a rock garden, koi pond with waterfall, dry Zen garden, and...
An Autograph Among the Pine Trees by Studija Archispektras
The house is situated on the river shore. The envelope of the building is composed of glass and rusted steel planes which were mounted in vertical segments in order to have a metaphorical relation with growing pine trees on the site. Even though steel is quite refined and cold material, its bright ocher colour hues like wide planks cut from a fresh wood and gives a visual warmth to the...