This ski chalet was designed for a family of five to spend several years living and home schooling at Sun Peaks. The only image given to us at the time as inspiration was a concrete home in the Alps. Ironically James worked on the master plan of Sun Peaks and authored the design guidelines for the resort. The developers had something else in mind.
As a negotiated design solution we placed the home on a boarded formed concrete base. Colour was added to the mixture. The only other client request was to have a front porch. Of course in a winter resort that’s not entirely practical so we created a porch room with large casement windows that can be opened up to the view
For many years this was Sun Peaks only modern home. Located on the high side of the road on a golf course the home backs onto the forest. All the other homes turned their backs to the forest in favour of the view. We ejected to give the client both views. The home has a two story space that faces up into the alpine glades behind. On winter days the family can ski right into the kitchen. Literally!
One of the two clients is an artist and we experimented with colour. The birch plywood wall finish was left natural in places but in the stair it received a translucent red stain that plays off of the exterior colour scheme.
Several years later we designed a city home for this client. It also has a Mondrian theme to the colour scheme (Kitsilano Residence).
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