Patkau Architects : Hadaway House

Placed on steep terrain in the Whistler Valley (Canada), this faceted chalet stands out with its ovniesque shape placed on a site all white covered. A crystalline silhouette that is not chosen without reason as it helps to avoid snow drifts, while offering its residents a breathtaking view of the Far North.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, the Patkau Architects studio designs this three-level home of 460 square meters of floor area governed by multiple constraints. Indeed, several challenges awaited the project managers: first, the place, with the complex shape "Just enough space for a garage"according to the agency. Then, the accumulation of snow that clutters the housing of this winter sports resort.


Two problems solved with one solution: an unusual form, but particularly adapted to the Whistler Valley: a steeply pitched roof associated with a hybrid structure inserted between steep rocks - concrete on the lower floor then composite steel alloy and solid wood for the upper levels. The whole is covered with wooden strips, recalling the facades of the traditional chalets, but surrounded by large oblique windows. In addition, thanks to the atypical shape of the building, luminous slits could be created, thus illuminating the interior of the white light of a snow-covered country.

A sculptural proposal that allows to obtain large volumes, offering unrivaled perspectives on this mountain landscape. Divided in two, the house hosts on the ground floor guest rooms, a living space and an essential room for storing ski equipment and wet clothing. The upper floor, it includes a single space housing living room, dining room and kitchen owners who opens onto an outdoor terrace. Finally, a mezzanine conceals a parental suite.

A contemporary realization that awakens vernacular mountain architecture.

To learn more, visit the site of Patkau Architects

Photographies : James Dow

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