Located in an area with extreme temperature conditions in the Coast Mountains of western Canada, Whistler Ski House is a beautiful family retreat. The design firm Olson Kundig planned the house to withstand the harsh mountain environment.
This way, the structure of the house has been elevated ten feet above the ground, and the main level seems to be floating above the snowdrifts and below the prone lake shore.
The house is composed of two individual structures connected by a glass-walled bridge that's 80 feet long.
The house is spread in several wings, from which the larger contains the living area of the house: the living room and the dining space, the master bedroom, and two guest rooms.
The second wing, which is smaller, has been dedicated to the kids' living area. It integrates four rooms furnished with enough beds to accommodate the family’s children, and their friends. It even leaves room for future grandchildren.
The glass bridge that connects the wings creates privacy and also weaves through a grouping of evergreens. By avoiding cutting the trees, the house received an uncommon shape and the views were also maximized.
A large two-sided board-formed fireplace made of concrete serves as a separator between the main living room and the dining space from a relaxing place where one could enjoy a media room. The fireplace has two sliding doors for an increased level of intimacy in those two areas.
The ground level includes a garage, the screened terrace, and a ski room.
As the house is located in a deep soft soil in the lake shore, it has been supported by a continuous 2-foot thick raft slab on densified soil, created by a series of Vibro-densified rock columns that extend 60 to 68 feet deep into the ground.
Photo Benjamin Benschneider,