Residential Design

Vol 1, 2018

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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The clients were not newcomers to Whistler when they approached Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and their Canadian affiliate, Bohlin Grauman Miller, to de- sign their family's mountaintop getaway. They had first owned a condo at the foot of a ski lift, and, later, a log home on a golf course—another avid interest of theirs. They had lured their friends from all over the world to the resort village, and they, in turn, bought houses there as well. So, the clients had plenty of time to deliberate about their next and much bigger commitment to Whistler. They knew they wanted a place for large-scale entertaining, and hanging out with immediate family. And then they found this 7-acre site, already carved into a circular shape and planted with 21 300-foot-deep geothermal wells by the developer. After a failed attempt to work with a local architect, they approached BCJ, whose Seattle office is half a day's drive or so from the site. Robert Miller, AIA, was the principal in charge; David Miller, AIA, (no relation) was the project architect. Even for a firm as capable as BCJ, this was a formidable undertaking. The house itself approaches 9,000 square feet, and access to the site was difficult, even in good weather, for construction Above and below: Between a wedge of rocky ledges is the motor court and entry to the insular property. The low-slung clad buildings are actu- ally garages. At their center, an opening topped in blue architectural glass leads to the front lawn and the home's big reveal. 48 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2018 DESIGN LAB PRIVATE OASIS

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