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.
Ward + Blake Architects was built on a distinctive vision: be provocative in thought, flexible in nature, and disciplined in execution. Since 1996, Ward + Blake have been creating spaces that reference the land and the history of the region while also embracing cutting-edge construction materials and techniques. We have created a working environment where the powers of innovation, smart building and creativity flourish. Our firm is composed of twelve trained professional people including four Licensed Architects, six Intern Architects, an Interior Designer and an Office Manager. Ward+Blake Architects is organized horizontally rather than vertically, which is to say that we realize our design work utilizing the strengths of our staff members at all phases of the project. This horizontal stratification allows the principals to be involved from schematic design through construction documents, ensuring that design goals remain in focus and project objectives are obtained. Ward + Blake believes that architecture should respond to its particular place and be a natural partner with the environment. The firmâ€™s designs evolve from an appreciation for pragmatic solutions within the honesty of modernism. By working within the context of our rich environment and applying sustainable strategies to a wide variety of building types and project scopes, Ward + Blake designs architecture that conserves energy and natural resources while creating high performance buildings and healthy environments for the buildings occupants. We listen carefully to the desires, goals and program of our clients. Ward + Blake has an excellent track record averaging less than 1% change orders on our commercial and educational projects.