The 35-acre lot of forest, sagebrush, and mesic upland affords sweeping panoramas of valley and mountain views. The site’s horizontality and low vegetation – a result of a fire that wiped out all but the aspen trees – informs the structure’s low-slung sod rooflines design. The house’s upturned, butterfly rooflines maximize earth sheltered northern views while deemphasizing verticality, creating a “ground scraper” effect. The 15,000-square-foot residence’s curving facade exploits the viewshed without prioritizing any single feature of the surrounding wildlands. The curving datum wall of the main house is echoed in the 7,000-square-foot guesthouse, creating a dynamic yin-yang relationship between the two nearly interlocking crescent shapes. Both structures rely on an honest and revealing design vocabulary, with structural components such as a steel moment frame in the living room left exposed to communicate purpose and function.
Throughout, a palette of complementary materials – limestone, West African Wenge, Brazilian rosewood, gold leaf, and walnut – is applied with precision. In the indoor swimming pool glass tile, custom-designed LED lighting and skylights reflect a watery aesthetic. The pool opens to an outdoor patio and adjoining lawn. With the building cluster surrounded by private tennis courts, climbing wall, basketball court, pond, caretaker’s residence and mountain bike trail. Despite the overall grand aesthetic, the building envelope consumes less than three acres of the site, in keeping with the owner’s donation of more than 75% of the land to a scenic easement trust.