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Khyber Ridge / Studio NminusOne

  • 01:00 - 22 April, 2009
Khyber Ridge / Studio NminusOne
Khyber Ridge / Studio NminusOne

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Whistler, BC V0N, Canada
  • Architects

    Studio NminusOne
  • Engineering

    David Strandberg and C. A. Boom
  • Client

    Marc Morisset
  • Contractor

    Michael McGillion
  • Project Year


From the architect. The Khyber Ridge house was commissioned by a professional snowboarder. The strategy takes its cue from the intimate engagement of a shredder following the line of a mountain; it is one of maximum engagement with the site. The house is distributed along a steep slope, developing diverse tactical relations to the landscape, the surrounding views and the internal functions or program of the house.

Made up of five levels, the lower level, a guest house is embedded in the rock for maximum privacy. Its green roof blends in with the landscape. In contrast the main living volume is formed by a cantilevering roof with a suspended floor projecting out of the slope. The cantilever is anchored by four 3 foot deep steel beams drilled directly into the rock face; its floor is suspended by four, 1 inch diameter stainless steel rods. With its glass enclosure, the effect created is of a floating open platform, revealing when occupied the full impact of the surrounding mountains. One is literally suspended in space and surrounded by the foliage of trees. The upper level bedrooms retreat back along the contours of the mountain producing discreet relationships to the surrounding views. As the inhabitants navigate these volumes, they continuously weave in and out of the terrain.

In the winter, the flat roof of the living level retains the snow. The snow then acts as an insulating blanket keeping the temperature close to 0 degrees Celsius. In the summer, the flat roof becomes a necessary flat surface for outdoor living, leaving the rest of the sloped site intact.

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Gordon Anderson · February 20, 2013

This is easily the lowest profile, least disruptive, most unobtrusive house in the neighbourhood. The detailing is fantastic, the choice of materials sublime.
I would be happy just to live in the suite above the garage.
Beats any of the multi-million dollar mcmansion log chalets typical of Whistler.

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ramin · June 07, 2009

a ship in a sea of trees ...

can i ask you IMR to post the link which i can whatch te vedio and detail ?

2MACoff · May 28, 2009


IMR · May 20, 2009

I've seen photos and video of this house more recently and the details are beautiful. These photos here are a few years old so partially furnished and some areas were yet unfinished. Also a lot of the trees and greenery around the home have grown in since and it has nestled itself more and more into the surrounding landscape. This home is breathtaking. Nice work on the home and thanks archdaily! You should post the more recent photos of this place!

Puffin · May 03, 2009

I'd rip my bong out in that house.

kixvix · May 01, 2009

Not a real design comment but this reminds me of the houses in the movies, Twilight and Charlie Bartlett. :)

Great job!

Micah Quinn · April 28, 2009

I am not a builder nor an architect, so i can't speak about the function..but i find this absolutely stunning.

hz · April 27, 2009

it looks clinical, looks made of the same stuff office buildings are made of, looks as if to many artificial materials put together in too complex a way have gone to make these severe rectangles. when is modernism going to stop echoing? it's brutal. and the cantilevered room may look smart, but the occupants can now worry forever afterwards whether they've got too many bookcases or whatever in there. if that is 'maximum engagement with the environment', i'd hate to see minimum. top level, slope side, would be very depressing with that cutaway. on the positive side, it grabs uninterrupted views and heaps of light, which would be delicious on a sunny day that's cold outside.

frank · April 27, 2009

Like AMR says: which details are bad? the glass frame that sits flush with the concrete floor and the ceiling?...the glass walls that is directly slotted in the concrete floor? These are beautiful details...I don't get these comments.

Case · April 26, 2009

My thoughts exactly AMR... The way I see it, it's only poorly detailed if it physically fails. Otherwise, it's just a different way of doing it - and I see a lot of beauty in that.

AMR · April 26, 2009

Everyone seems to be a critic yet no one has named which details are poorly executed. Perhaps you are talking about the skirting shadowline? Or maybe the pivot door without a frame? The floor to ceiling glass? The single linear slot A/C in the ceiling near the windows?

Seriously....get a life and maybe a job you actually like that won't permanently depress and scar you.

Josep · April 24, 2009

I agree there is some nostalgia here
certainly can see the Frank Lloyd influence here, having a hard time picturing Oma!

Laura · April 24, 2009

Frank Lloyd Wright or something?

Pete · April 24, 2009

Have you seen a project by REM in real life?
Beautiful details and well built
You can see also the work of WorksAC (i think you can see OMA reference in their work) great details even on their first project, but don´t beat these architects so much is difficult to find a good client these days if you are not a celebrity architect

sgurin · April 24, 2009

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Thanks archdaily, good.

bothands · April 24, 2009

I have a feeling the authors don't even consider it badly detailed.
In answer to Mies' "God is in the details", Rem once said "F_ck the detail"; and these guys are coming from the Koolhaas lineage...

joseph · April 24, 2009

Is half decent, good intentions on the design and good to see someone designing in section but i agree horrible details and bad executed! If you get a project like this you should find reliable help to finish the product with a high note
I think we should all learn from our mistakes and I'm sure the designers have learn their lesson hopefully their next project will show some built experience

aw · April 24, 2009

This great design could not have happened without the experience and skills of builder, Mike McGillion. Props to Mike for pushing against the Whistler establishment !
Not only is it a great space; But across the street, when the valley gets a lot of snow, there's some fun little lines that form on the rocks.

bothands · April 24, 2009

Come on, people are criticizing the lack of built work or detailing experience? Every architect should be so lucky to have such a badass first built project. I was pretty impressed with this house when I first saw it, and still am - glad that ArchDaily covered it, albeit a bit belatedly.

Jason · April 23, 2009

The influence I see is definitely OMA/Koolhaas. I like it. That said, I agree about the detailing and general lack of experience with built projects.

tony · April 23, 2009

Case is okay to look old but it looks like an old ikea furniture: modern yet old due to the poor construction details otherwise great design it reminds of a recent student graduate project or someone who has not built much!

Case · April 23, 2009

I like that it looks old and worn already... Looks like you were just walking through the woods and found it.

tony · April 23, 2009

beautiful design and great section but poorly detailed
it looks like 150 year old house already!

Dan · April 23, 2009

slightly reminds me of Falling Water by Frank Llloyd Wright. I think its how it sits ito the hillside. Like it!

Case · April 23, 2009

What a great space, and nicely placed/oriented on the site. I also like some of the unconventional details like the hallway-sized door without jambs.

freddy wulf · April 23, 2009


Javier Rosa · April 23, 2009

Architecture is about improving landscape, not destroying it!

gordon · April 30, 2011 09:43 AM

you mean like the roads of the subdivision do?

or you mean like the typical ski house in any mountain resort does?


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