Check out this cabin in Whistler designed by the Canadian studio Scott and Scott to see traditional construction with local sourced building materials.
Based in nearby Vancouver, Scott & Scott designed the property as a weekend retreat for a family of snowboarders.
It sits upon on a steeply sloping rock face in a residential area to the north of Whistler village, and is surrounded by similar-sized cabins and chalets dating from the 1970s.
“The neighbourhood is made up of similar sized A-frame and Gothic arch cabins and chalets,” said the architects.
“In contrast to the more recent larger-scaled residences in the region, the cabin was designed around the owners and our desire to work with the original scale of the early structures in the area.”
This A-frame structure – made from locally sourced douglas fir – is visible throughout the interior of the building, and sits upon a concrete base anchored into the bedrock.
“The lumber joinery has been designed and engineered to utilise a simple repeated lapped joint at the floor and roof connections,” said the architects.
“The lap is reversed outward to allow for window dormers at the stair, bunk room and kitchen.”
All materials used throughout the property were locally sourced, including the red cedar shingles that clad the exterior, and the marble used to form countertops in the kitchen.
“The materials are locally harvested and quarried,” explained the architects.
“The exterior is clad in red cedar shakes, which will weather to the tone of the surrounding rock, the interior cabinetry was site-built by the carpenters with construction grade rotary-cut plywood, and the counters were fabricated from marble from the Hisnet Inlet quarry located on Vancouver Island.”
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