With the Cleft House, Measured was presented with the unique prospect of working in collaboration with a local boutique builder, EVR Fine Homes, intimate with both the site context and the approvals process of Whistler. This partnership allowed for a rich dialogue to emerge regarding the changing need sets for a destination community moving to four season occupation. Local building forms often emerge from necessary environmental response and, in Whistler, this usually means designing for heavy snow loads. Measured wished for the design solutions to mediate all four seasons while maintaining a strong connection to the incredible natural surroundings. The house, with a nod to mountain chalet typologies, emerges from a rocky hillside at the rear of the property. The exterior cladding works to blur the line between the built and natural environments to create a structure that is of the mountain. Critical to the idea of the home was an opportunity to back up against a three story rock face and a desire to emerge with a cruciform building form that frames long views to two mountain peaks and lake, while creating sheltered exterior environments for occupation in both winter and summer events.