Whistler Residence

Structural Designer

Fast + Epp

Client Name

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects

Location

Whistler, Canada

CONTRACTOR
Durfeld Constructors
STEEL DETAILER
PR Engineering Ltd.
STEEL FABRICATOR
Wide Open Welding
GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER
Horizon Engineering

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Perched on the edge of a mountain overlooking Whistler Village in British Columbia, Canada, this stunning, custom-built family home took six years to construct and required a number of innovative structural solutions by the design team: The “floating” infinity edge concrete pool is anchored into recesses that were blasted in the mountainside. A thin profile, curved wood staircase has each tread supported by pre-tensioned, stainless steel cables, each “tuned” like a guitar. The cantilevered laminated wood decks were constructed from Douglas Fir logs, reclaimed from a recent wind storm in Vancouver’s famous Stanley Park.

Judge's comment:

This is a beautifully elegant building design for a sensitive setting with significant site and climate constraints. The judges liked the use of timber for the cantilevering decks which span back into the internal space, thereby creating a visually striking ceiling without the need for any additional finishes.