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Magnificent Mountainside Mansions

The Lakecrest Residence Offers Spectacular Views

— October 31, 2014 — Art & Design
Aka Architecture + Design designed this sprawling 5,000-square-foot estate, dubbed the 'Lakecrest Residence,' in Whistler, Canada.

The home has access to views of the rugged terrain and surrounding mountains from its glorious perch atop a breathtaking cliff. The architects had to accommodate for the difficulties of the terrain, but it was well worth the panoramic sights, which are available from every room in the house. The mountain views are offset by the lake and forest, creating a stunning, well-rounded environment.

The public areas of the home, which encourage social interaction, follow a circulatory spine. The result is that each of these spaces look towards the lake and mountains. The circulation ends at the Great Room, the culmination of all of the social spaces, which cantilevers over the cliff.
Trend Themes
1. Mountain-view Homes - There is an opportunity for architects and real estate developers to design more luxury mountain-view properties that maximize breathtaking views.
2. Circulatory Spine Design - The use of a circulatory spine, which allows natural light to flow throughout a property, presents an opportunity for architects to design more energy-efficient homes.
3. Challenging Terrain Structures - Innovative architects and civil engineers can capitalize on difficult terrains like mountains to construct more unique and awe-inspiring homes.
Industry Implications
1. Real Estate - Real estate companies can cater to high-end clients by specializing in the development and sale of luxurious mountain-view homes.
2. Architecture - Architects can showcase their creativity and expertise by designing innovative circulatory spine structures for properties.
3. Civil Engineering - Civil engineers can push the boundaries of design and engineering by constructing homes on challenging terrain like mountains.
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