David Battersby and Heather Howat of Vancouver-based firm Battersby Howat combine a holistic approach to architecture with specialities in landscape and interior design. The winning formula is evident in this spectacular family home in a growing neighbourhood above the resort community of Whistler. The house’s monster size is belied by the surrounding bedrock, which was strategically blasted to envelop the home - making it seem as if a substantial portion is below grade. As a result, the lower level contains a labyrinth of private and communal spaces, while the upper levels are blessed with panoramic views to the forest and mountains and multiple sources of natural light, all without compromising privacy. The finished product achieves the ski-lodge archetype without appearing derivative or constrained. The property is privately owned but available for hire.