The “Amangani” (“peaceful home” in the Shoshone language) concept is fully realized in the seven Ward + Blake-designed Aman Villas belonging to the larger Amangani Resort Hotel complex. The 54-acre site contains 22 home sites representing the best of luxury resort life and offering all the amenities of the Aman Resort family within the privacy of home ownership.
Ward + Blake Architects took the latter directive seriously when designing the seven villas—focusing on maximizing viewshed for each in a way that was as unobtrusive as possible to neighboring villas. Designing several adjacent home sites at a time, the challenge presented itself as a 3-D jigsaw puzzle. By digging into the sloping sites, matching roof pitches to the site’s slope, and incorporating sod roofs, the development comfortably and compactly fits 22 homes into the complex so that remaining butte-side land can function as shared open space.
Like protracted wedges on the horizon, the hallmark silhouettes of the Aman Villas protrude from their picturesque butte above Jackson, taking in their dramatic Snake River and Teton Range views. Both the upward thrust of the vertical-boarded exteriors, mimicking the surrounding peaks, and the native grasses covering the flat roofs like an extension of prairie link the homes to their respective sites. While Amangani building covenants guided the homes’ proportions, materials, and composition, Ward + Blake Architects found plenty of room within those parameters to personalize villas for their clients.