Atelier Kastelic Buffey : Alta Chalet

In the heart of Blue Mountains, a Canadian town located two hours from Toronto, a contemporary chalet designed by local architects of the Atelier Kastelic Buffey diverts the typological codes of these winter constructions. A project that fits perfectly with the snowy landscape of the Far North while bringing it contemporary.

Designed to accommodate a family of five, the home of more than 280 square meters spread over two floors takes place at the end of a tranquil, tree-lined cul-de-sac.


If the two-sided roof of the house and its gable, as well as the Canadian pine siding, echo the local chalets, its envelope is detached from the dormers and other eaves typical of altitude architecture. The spatial organization of the accommodation is also away from it, in order to fully enjoy the views of the surrounding ski slopes. The unique living room - including kitchen, living room and dining room - is installed on the first level; while the ground floor hosts the four bedrooms, bathrooms and a sauna. Each floor also has its own private terrace, so that residents can enjoy the view and the fresh air at any time of the day.

If the exterior plays on the contrasts between the black facades of the house and white garage, the interior is monochrome, except for the floor with wide oak blades and some pieces of furniture made in the same species of wood. The clarity of the walls amplifies the luminosity provided by the snow and the rays of the sun which penetrate the place through a multitude of wide rectangular openings. The only chromatic element that contrasts with the rest of the building: the contemporary black steel chimney, evoking the chromatic duality of the exterior.

A project combining vernacular and contemporary architecture, in which one dreams to be able to spend long winter evenings.

To learn more, visit the site of Atelier Kastelic Buffey

Photographs: Bob Gundu

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