Amazing Snow Country House by Patkau Architects, Canada


Designed by Patkau Architects in 2013, Hadaway House is a private residence, a snow country house located in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada. This snow country house is located on a northwest slope overlooking a panoramic view of Whistler valley in southwest British Columbia. Construction is a hybrid of monolithic and framed systems. The exterior form of the house is shaped by the intersection of 2 principal considerations: The first is the allowable building footprint and h7 The second is the need to shed snow from the roof into appropriate storage areas within the site.

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The main level is essentially one large space with living, dining and kitchen areas and an outdoor deck all of which open up to the valley view. Below, on the lowest level, are more intimate spaces housing guest bedrooms and a second living area, as well as a large service space. Accessible directly from the garage entrance to the house, this service space supports life in snow country – where wet clothes are hung to dry or thrown directly into the laundry, where skiers can store all the paraphernalia of their day’s activities. Another stair connects this lower level to an outdoor patio below the house, the only level ground on the steep site other than that at the front entrance. The sculptural volume that emerges from this intersection of extruded building footprint and folding snow-shed roof is occupied in a manner that maintains the inherent plastic properties of the building form.The slabs and walls which enclose the lower floor are concrete, while the uppermost levels are a composite steel and heavy timber structure with wood-frame infill.

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