The Architectural elements developed for the JH Lodge were designed with the intent to complement the vernacular of the existing hotel built in the late forties, while at the same time create curb appeal to passing motorists.
The porte cochere was designed to replace an original damaged in a treefall incident. Steel was employed to keep the logs used in the construction consistent with dimensions of logs employed elsewhere in the hotel. Tempered glass in the canopy keeps embarking guests dry in inclement weather, while allowing natural light to animate the entry façade. Hidden LED lights run along the bottom chords of the log beams to provide perimeter lighting, and add focus to the entry from the street.
The swimming pool and small support facilities replace out moded original structures, and echo the building finishes present on the original structures in the same manner as those employed on the porte cochere. Efforts were made to keep the support buildings in scale and texture with the original buildings, through the use of log siding painted in the original colors. The pool itself was designed to provide curb appeal and to showcase a welcome amenity for road weary travelers. The infinity edge presents water as a design element to enhance this welcoming image. The curved wall of the pool follows the curve of the roadway frontage. This feature, along with the infinity edge, which also mimics the curve, establishes a dialog between the two, anchoring the structures along the primary thoroughfare of Jackson Hole.
While the swimming pool was designed to directly engage the busy roadway, the fence that encircles the hotel seeks to isolate the guest rooms from the noise and energy of passing traffic. Native grasses provide visual screening from the motion of the passing automobiles. Cor-ten steel was chosen for the fence panels because of the ability to keep the proportions of the fence rails slim and to eliminate the need for routine maintenance. Native logs were employed for the fence posts to relieve the fence from a machine made reference, and to link to the use of native grass, which completes the screen.