Architects: Atelier Kastelic Buffey
Location: Collingwood, Canada
Photography: Shai Gill, Peter Sellars
Set on a narrow corner lot at the base of a ski resort, this 2400 square foot (223 square meters) chalet was designed for a family of five. It is a country home in a community of modest chalets situated between a promontory of the Niagara Escarpment and Georgian Bay in the province of Ontario, Canada. Conceived as a reinterpretation of the traditional ski chalet, the design was inspired by local agrarian building types, namely the barn.
The client, required a year round leisure home to serve as a hub for their active outdoor lifestyle; a chalet to cultivate familial interchange as well as a place of repose. Built within the footprint of an existing chalet, the house is discreet in scale, respecting the site and its context as well as reducing both construction costs and future energy consumption. A landscape of indigenous trees and grasses is planted around the base of the building which enhances the sense of tranquility evoked by the overall experience of the chalet.
Cedar boards cladding both walls and roof is a technical innovation
The ground floor efficiently houses bedrooms, bathrooms and a mud room while the upper floor consists of a study, kitchen, dining, living room and exterior balconies. Glazed at either end, the upper level frames a view of the adjacent ski hill on the south and an open field on the north.
Windows on the side elevations are located to enhance cross ventilation and natural light throughout. The continuity of cedar boards cladding both walls and roof is a technical innovation which enables a clear expression of the design intent.
Team (Architecture + Interior Design): Kelly Buffey, Robert Kastelic, Artur Kobylanski, Terry Sin, Cailiegh McKellar, Jonathan Lim, Sabrina Richard
Construction: Wilson Project Management