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Fascinating modern home emerges out of a steep rocky hillside in Whistler

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McClean Design is responsible for this fascinating modern home located in the mountains of Whistler, a resort town in British Columbia, Canada. This project represents the architect’s first confrontation with a site subjected to severe winter weather. The 6,187-square-foot lot is steep and rocky. The architect states, “The house appears to be built into the rock hillside. It feels anchored and somewhat stoic. We love the contrast between the rugged cliff faces and rigor and clean lines of the architecture.”

The house, in fact, seems to sit rather firmly on real, solid mountain rock. Stone-clad exteriors and a warm interior palette “take cues from traditional ski chalets with the heavy use of wood throughout the home, but accomplished in a much more contemporary way.” Set at the bottom of the ski slopes, the residence also provides for outdoor summer living with a swimming pool and spa.

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An exterior totem pole created by a local artist is inserted into a vertical niche outside the house. The three-level house has a two-car garage, a spa and gym, a family room, a media room, two bedrooms, and a kitchen on the basement level. The main floor has two more bedrooms, as well as the dining and living areas. On the upper level, the design provides for the master bedroom suite, as well as two additional smaller bedrooms.

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The number of bedrooms is consistent with the client’s desire to host large gatherings of friends and family. The materials include basalt and Carrara marble contrasting with the extensive use of oak and walnut to create a “sheltered and warm feeling on snowy nights.” While the building consists of refined materials, the exterior site walls were finished in rough stone “mimicking the mountainous landscape.”

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What We Love: This fascinating modern home offers its inhabitants a unique design, set into a rocky cliffside with amazing mountain views. Clean lines and sleek details throughout this home offers an opulent atmosphere, ideal for entertaining in style. Large windows throughout the home floods the interior with natural light while framing the mesmerizing views. We are especially loving the master bedroom with an amazing floor-to-ceiling fireplace and private balcony.

Tell Us: What details in this home caught your eye and why in the Comments below!

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Photos: Courtesy of McClean Design

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there is a lot that i like about this house from what is shown in the photos (which appear to focus primarily on the main floor). i like the consistent use of (what appears to be) white oak for the windows, cabinets and floors in contrast to the white wall scheme. i am not recognizing walnut in these photos, unless that refers to the dinner table (walnut floors would have worked here, as well). i assume that by “opulance”, this refers to the extensive use of (what appears to be) marble stone. there can be a “diminishing returns to scale”… Read more »