The subtly arching, fan-like shape of the Day residence’s plan unfolds outward toward the Teton Range, the design’s intended focal point. Likewise, the open-ended, upturned rooflines face west, mimicking the 14-degree angle of a viewer looking toward the peaks to further reinforce the viewshed’s dominance in the home’s design. All public rooms feature west-facing Teton views, while private rooms are comfortably nestled on the eastern side. Both public and private spaces are accessed from a double-loaded corridor that runs like a spine through the gently arching plan. The architects’ concept of relating the structure to the mountains went beyond simply orienting the home in an engaging way: Keeping the rich material palette consistent between indoors and out naturally draws the gaze outside, blurring the distinction between created and natural space, and a “compression and release” design element enhances appreciation of sweeping views with an intimately sized foyer opening dramatically to the grand living area defined by floor-to-ceiling views.
The interior offers a singular combination of “the rustic” and “the refined.” Lodge pole pine columns—machine shaped to eliminate the log’s natural taper—are dressed by hand for a rustic element. Custom African mahogany woodwork throughout, Juparana gold granite, Indian limestone, and Venetian plaster walls create a sophisticated sumptuousness to the light-filled interior, while subtle transitions between finishes in complementary colors allow the magnificent views, the centerpiece of the design, to resonate.