Whistler Ski Cabin

Built in the harsh climate of Canada's Coast Mountains, the Whistler Ski Cabin is a dwelling with many personalities. The family retreat is comprised of two structures connected by an 80-foot-long glass-walled bridge. Perched ten feet off the ground, the main floor appears to float among the treetops while resting above snow and flooding from the nearby lakeshore. Its layout allows for division between the private wing and communal spaces and also preserves the existing evergreen trees. It's exterior is equipped with three facades. Operated by a system of crank and switch controlled shutters, a completely opaque, weathered steel shield provides complete protection from the elements and a semi-transparent screen filters in sunlight to conceal delicate interior furnishings. When the coverings are open, floor-to-ceiling glazing affords rooms expansive views of the lake, forest, and the mountains in the distance.

Photos: Olson Kundig

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