a|k|a architecture + design - The Whistler Cay Residence in Whistler, British Columbia Print
Monday, 13 July 2009 07:46

The Whistler Cay Residence is a 5000 sq. ft. single-family home located in one of Whistler's oldest residential neighborhoods, with spectacular views of Whistler, Blackcomb, and other surrounding mountains.
The design incorporates the vernacular materials of the typical Whistler mountain home, and applies them with a contemporary language, using clean and simple gestures that are at once bold yet subtle. The extensive use of wood, primarily Douglas fir and Red cedar, provides warmth and context in the mountain environment, as well as continuity between interior and exterior.


The house asserts its presence on the street; yet respectfully refers to its context through its use of timber, stone and cedar wood siding. The grand living spaces feature expansive glass windows that open up to views beyond. Secondary spaces offer smaller framed views while securing privacy from nearby houses.

The steeply sloping site limits the amount of accessible grade, so outdoor space is provided through a series of generous terraces at all sides and levels of the house.
ALKJA_Whistler_Cay_07 ALKJA_Whistler_Cay_06The size and function of each terrace varies according to its view and exposure to natural light. The main terrace is fully covered and equipped with an outdoor fireplace and is intended for year-round usage and social gatherings. The separate garage is embedded in the landscape, reducing its visual mass and providing a green roof.

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