United States – GLUCK+

Built Area:     264.7 m2
Year Built:     2012
Photographs:    Steve MundingerGLUCK+ 

House in the Mountains is a green-roofed structure partially buried underground. It blends well into the surrounding landscape – the stunning Colorado Mountains. To minimize visual impact, the architects utilized a minimalist design. In addition, the home is also energy-efficient, making use of the earth’s thermal inertia. It has also integrated solar panels.

The design made sure that it minimized the visual impact of the house.
The design made sure that it minimized the visual impact of the house.

The home is composed of two intersecting straight-lined forms framed with steel. A courtyard and swimming are found within the intersection. One wing houses the kitchen, dining, and living areas. The east-west wing contains the sleeping areas as well as the garage.

House in the Mountains is the perfect place to enjoy what nature has to offer.
House in the Mountains is the perfect place to enjoy what nature has to offer.

Large window panes provide panoramic views of the outdoors. From the common areas, one can easily bask in the beauty of the surroundings. House in the Mountains is a perfect place to enjoy what nature has to offer.

Notes from the Architect:

This 2,850 SF guest house in the Rocky Mountains integrates into and accentuates its mountain environment. Two intersecting bar shapes bookend to complete the implied courtyard of the original house, creating a high mountain yard that connects the two structures into a single family gathering place. Planes of ‘roof meadow’ render the house practically invisible from the road, and sculpt a private sunken court. Continuous clerestory glass focuses the panorama views and provides a completely day-lit space. A thick solar wall separates the service side of the building from the main courtyard while creating a secondary space for cars, storage, and the harvesting of solar energy.

House in the Mountains received a 2013 AIA National Housing Award and was recognized in Architectual Record as the August 2013 “House of the Month.”

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