Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott
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The partners of new Vancouver studio Scott & Scott Architects created this remote snowboarding cabin for their own use at the northern end of Vancouver Island.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

The Alpine Cabin by Susan and David Scott is lifted off the ground on six columns made of douglas fir tree trunks, which pierce through the rooms on both storeys.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

The exterior clad in cedar, intended to weather to the tone of the surrounding forest, and the interior finished in planed fir.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

"The construction approach was determined to avoid machine excavation, to withstand the annual snowfall, to resist the dominant winds and to build in a manner which elevates the building above the height of the accumulated snow on the ground," say the architects.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

The majority of the ground floor is taken up by a combined living room and kitchen, but also includes a bathroom and sauna. Upstairs there are two bedrooms with a study in between.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

One corner of the ground floor is cut away to create a spacious porch where firewood and snowboarding equipment can be stored.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

The cabin is located in a community-operated alpine recreation area 1300 metres above sea level and is accessible by a gravel road for five months of the year, but otherwise equipment and supplies must be carried on a sledge to the site.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

The building is completely off-grid, heated by a wood-burning stove and using water that must be fetched from nearby and carried in.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

The architects built the project themselves with the help of friends. "The cabin was constructed out of a desire to directly design and build as a singular act, to work with the freedom one experiences when snowboarding, and in a manner which is centered in the adventure and not bound heavily in pre-determination," they explain.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

Susan and David Scott launched their own practice in February after twelve years of working for established firms.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

Other winter retreats on Dezeen include a holiday home that Peter Zumthor designed for himself and his family and one that's been squeezed into the passageway between two farm buildings in northern Italy.

Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

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Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

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Alpine Cabin by Scott & Scott Architects

  • Charlie Bing

    All that and a six-point Hudson’s Bay blanket. Amazing. And kudos for the whole “off the grid” bit: just perfect for that part of the world.

  • Hornithologist

    Nice to see interior photos of spaces that have been occupied and are not absolutely pristine. Architects should learn that the occupation, destruction and dilapidation of their work is as much a part of the existence and meaning of the building as its creation.

  • http://www.justhaasnoot.nl julia

    I’m in love with the blanket on the bed! What is it?

    • MrG

      The classic Hudson’s Bay blanket.

    • Charlie Bing

      Good choice! As reclineddude said below, you can order them online, and you can read all about them here:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson's_Bay_po

      Great Canadian tradition: the six black lines refer to the quality of the blanket (weight, etc.).

      CB

  • Swiss Guy

    Nice Swiss touch with the Swiss military woollen blankets made into pillows ;-)

  • reclineddude

    Julia, you can order the blanket online and own your very own piece of Canadiana! http://www.thebay.com/eng/hbccollections-blankets

  • http://www.phnxboards.com/ James McAllister

    Beautiful! A lovely cabin indeed. Is this real or just conceptual?