This 8,000 square foot home, designed for a family of five, is situated on the Jackson Hole valley floor and is surrounded by the jagged Teton Mountain Range. The high altitude and steep mountain slopes contribute to bitterly cold winters and mild summers in the valley and attract a diverse population of wildlife, such as bear and moose, as well as many active vacationers and residents.
The project comprises two double height linear wings, living and guest, linked by a single story glass entry vestibule. The site’s location, adjacent to a ski slope and within minutes of hiking and kayaking, necessitates a dedicated sports room that became the focal point of the building’s program. Adjacent are an outdoor ski closet, an oversized garage for equipment storage, as well as the home’s main laundry room. A large bunk and playroom complete the first floor of the home’s guest wing. In the second volume, a vaulted main living space is open to the kitchen and formal dining room and all are oriented towards the dramatic mountain peaks to the west. The home’s main outdoor spaces are pushed to the front of the site to also take advantage of these views.
The project’s modern exterior aesthetic is balanced by the design’s nod to local vernacular architecture and climate. The cedar shingle gabled cold roof is engineered to carry snow in the winter and disappear into the landscape. The roof’s eaves extend to protect the reclaimed barn wood sided walls from the elements. A ribbon of rustic local fieldstone runs the perimeter of the project’s base and turns vertically to clad chimneys and feature walls. Vertical wood fins provide shading from low western sun and visually modulate the large expanses of glazing.