Vancouver studio Patkau Architects designed the 460-square-metre home for Martin and Sue Hadaway on a steep slope in Whistler, a popular ski resort located 80 miles north of Vancouver in British Columbia. The architects named the project Hadaway House after the clients. The building's unusual faceted shape is the result of an awkwardly shaped, steep site situated between craggy boulders.
Concrete slabs enclosing the ground floor of the house provide insulation from the extremes of the Canadian climate, while the upper levels are constructed from a steel and timber frame. The whole building is clad with planks of ipe, a variety of hardwood typically grown in parts of South and Central America. An open-plan living area featuring sunken seating occupies the entire first floor of the building.
The faceted roof results in irregularly shaped walls and ceiling that are punctuated by slices of glazing. Large expanses of glass provide views over the Whistler Valley and sliding doors lead onto a balcony that is sheltered by the overhang of the roof. This sloping canopy is supported by a series of slanted columns and fronted by a glass balustrade so as not to block the views from the lounge.