A new contemporary chalet has been constructed at the base of the Kicking Horse ski resort in British Columbia. The Kicking Horse Residence by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Bohlin Grauman Miller Architects is an ideal modern home for an active family of five who lives for winter sport. It provides direct access to the powder-covered base of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, while offering warmth and relaxation to its occupants inside.
The design of the Kicking Horse Residence is angular and modern, but the selected materials echo the natural world around it. Both inside and out, natural wooden accents provide visual warmth and an earthy connection to the forests beyond. The walls, ceilings and many of the furnishings are light, natural woods, while metal and darker wood accents cover the rest. Outside, the fascia of Kicking Horse Residence is largely metal and glass, with exposed wooden beams holding the large, angled roof line of the private section of the home.
In total, Kicking Horse Residence spans 3,500 square feet of interior space. There are open sections where the family and their guests can enjoy the home and the environment as a unit. There are private sections aside and above the shared spaces, providing personal relaxation after a long day on the slopes. It has all the character of a traditional ski chalet, but with very contemporary inspiration. While most of us may not be interested in spending more time in cold weather this time of year, we’d certainly make an exception for a weekend here. [photography by matthew millman and nic lehoux]