Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada
Atelier Kastelic Buffey Inc.
Higher Ground Building
Doors & Windows
Shai Gil, The Sky Guys, Bob Gundu
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Alta Chalet is designed as a year-round weekend retreat for a family of five, comprising 3,000 square feet of efficiently planned living space spread over two storeys. With sustainability at the forefront of the design process, the requirement of material durability and longevity was paramount: thus, low-maintenance prefinished Canadian pine siding and a high-performance metal roof were specified for the building exterior. To reduce the ecological footprint further, energy consumption was decreased through a high performance glazing system, hydronic radiant in-floor heating, additional insulation and a wood-burning fireplace. Natural lighting and ventilation is optimized through the provision of several large, operable windows.