Soaring high above a 195m rocky outcrop over Alta Lake in the ski resort town of Whistler, this private home takes full advantage of the contours of its surrounding landscape and the distinct views of the Whistler Valley and resort as well as the Coast Mountains of British Columbia.

Project Essentials

  • LocationWhistler, BC
  • ArchitectBohlin Cywinski Jackson
  • Size8,000 ft² (743 m²)

The single-family residence comprises a mixture of wood frame, concrete, steel, and expressive heavy-timber construction as the primary structure. Its three-story boxes are lined with reclaimed wind-felled Douglas fir and enclosed with expansive glazing.

The owner’s vision for seamless connection to the natural world was achieved through daring cantilevers, dramatic glazing and the overall building form.

Most dramatic are its solid heavy-timber terraces and cantilevered porches, which visually extend interior living spaces into the landscape and accommodate Whistler’s heavy snow loads. An arced blade of roof, supported by slender stainless steel columns, encircles the remaining courtyard.

The house is visually completed by its stunning 25m cast-in-place concrete pool – Fast + Epp’s challenge here was to cantilever it off the edge of a cliff to enhance the connection to nature.