Alta Chalet

Located on a private ski club at Ontario's Blue Mountain ski area, the Alta Chalet is a modern alternative to the traditional Alpine cabin. The simple form and pitched roof are modeled after classic farmhouses found throughout the area. A blackened Canadian Pine cladding creates a contemporary facade that stands out against the fallen snow, while a contrasting white timber volume provides a sheltered entryway. To maximize views of the mountainous landscape, the interior carries and unconventional layout. The bedrooms and sauna occupy the ground floor, allowing the main living area to sit above and take advantage of the surrounding scenery.

Photos: Shai Gil / Atelier Kastelic Buffey Architecture

  • Helen Street House

    Situated around a central courtyard, the Helen Street House is a small piece of nature in the middle of downtown Seattle. At the heart of the urban dwelling is a heavily landscaped patio. The U-shaped design allows for the garden to be the focal point no matter where you are in the home. Sliding glass doors in the main living area open the interior to the outdoors, while also flooding the interior with natural light and affording views of the landscape. Although naturally weathered cedar planks and reclaimed timbers add a rustic element to the exterior facade, the contemporary form complements the city setting.

    Photos: Andrew Pogue / MW Works Architecture

  • Apple Farm House

    Clad in a mixture of pine and concrete, the Apple Farm House blends into its mountainous setting. The home sits on an elevated plot facing south, allowing for extensive views of the neighboring mountains. Along with being a small refuge after retirement — consisting of just two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen — the house also serves as a farmhouse for the couple's apple orchard. The oversized roof creates an outdoor workspace, providing protection from the sun and the rain. Located at the front of the house, this covered terrace allows for the surrounding scenery to be enjoyed while finishing their daily tasks.

    Photos: Shin Kyungsub / 2m2 Architects

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