The remote location of Panorama Mountain Village limited the availability of affordable housing for seasonal employees, which made it difficult to attract and retain workers. To help address this, the Metric Modular team was tasked with designing and building an innovative modular housing complex. There were three major challenges facing the team: maximize a small piece of land, design a facility to accommodate 96 workers and complement the architecture of the high-end resort.
The team designed two identical buildings, each building is three modules wide and four stories high. These resort staff housing complexes are divided into four quadrants per floor. Each quadrant is independent of the others and has four bedrooms with shared washrooms and a fully-equipped common kitchen and dining area. Two quadrants on the main floor make up the common space which includes a large lounge area with an electric stone-hearth fireplace as well as a laundry room, locker room and computer room. All doors and windows are painted wood with craftsman frames. Timber-framed entrances provide functional, protective refuge from harsh winter conditions.
To further complement the architecture of the resort, the fourth floor was designed to make use of the steep roof slope and meet the requirement for additional bedrooms for those interested in lofts.