Expansive views of the Continental Divide, including two prominent 14,000-foot peaks, lured these homeowners to a spectacular site outside of Boulder, Colorado. This extraordinary location provided a perfect opportunity to accommodate expansive views and different perspectives on the mountain scenery from each room.
This home called for a fresh mountain rustic design, focusing on clean contemporary materials and detailing. An exposed structural steel frame provides a rigid framework around which delicate glass curtain walls wrap. This pairing emphasizes the site’s broad vistas and provides an opportunity to collect the sun’s energy in artfully tailored masses of masonry. The exposed steel interplays with warm wood timbers and textured, deep-struck stone.
Crossing under the protected stone entry, a glass wall entices glimpses of the splendor beyond. Emerging from the steel-railed balcony, panoramic views unfold around a sculptural wood-burning fireplace.
The color palate for the exterior was intended to blend in with the surroundings yet still offer an imposing statement of style. Traditional gables alternately appear along a main circulation path, providing this 6,700 square-foot home with intimate spaces that engage every aspect of their private mountain setting.
Colorado’s natural architecture of mountains, canyons and plains is an architect’s dream, offering a variety of natural materials and color palettes to work with. Most people who move to Colorado or live in Colorado are driven by a sense of wonder at the landscape carved outside their doors. Our designs strive to let the natural environment stand as an integral aspect of each. How does the structure fit into the landscape? Represent the powerful lines of mountains or the soft curve of a hill? Allow for appreciation of the surrounding views? With each design, each home, we embark upon a new journey to create a space that feels like home no matter what your definition of home is.