Kicking Horse Residence, Golden, British Columbia, Canada
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Kicking Horse Residence is a purpose-built base for alpine adventures that balances rugged practicality with casual elegance. Inspired by the owners’ interest in traditional Scandinavian ski cottages, the building comprises a long kitchen-and-bedroom wing, a flared volume that funnels mountain views into the living and dining areas, and a central circulation “knuckle” that serves as a staging area for outdoor forays. “You can actually ski in from the east side of the house,” says architect Ray Calabro, AIA.

Calabro configured the house to accommodate large groups while maintaining an intimate scale. With children’s bedrooms designed on the bunkhouse model and window seats that double as beds, “it can actually sleep 14 people comfortably,” he says. The jury praised Calabro’s choice of “simple, durable materials,” calling the effect “modern and rustic—without being too cute.” Said one judge: “You could walk in and immediately feel comfortable.”

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Project Credits

Principal in charge: Ray Calabro, AIA; Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, Seattle
General contractor: HR Pacific Construction Management, Golden, British Columbia
Project size: 3,500 square feet
Site size: 0.36 acre
Construction cost: Withheld
Photography: Best Impressions Photography, Nic Lehoux, Matthew Millman

Product Details

Bathroom fittings: Cifial
Bathroom fixtures: Duravit; Kohler; Zuma Collection
Cooktop: Miele
Dishwasher: Miele
Doors: Point Five
Garage doors: Schweiss
Garbage disposal: InSinkErator
Hardware: Hafele; Linnea; Reveal Designs
HVAC equipment: Lifebreath; Nordic
Insulation: Enviro Foam
Kitchen fittings: KWC
Kitchen fixtures: Julien
Lighting fixtures: BK Lighting; Juno; Louis Poulsen
Oven: Miele
Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore; CBR Products
Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Windows: Point Five