Elk Vary Overlook / CCY Architects
Textual content description offered by the architects. The design group was tasked with making a spirited but tranquil non-public dwelling that connects to the pure environment for an energetic Colorado household. Design aims included: flexibility to entertain, distinctive areas to expertise, collect, and connect with nature utilizing supplies that mirror their mountain life-style.
The sloped website offered a number of challenges and alternatives. Nice effort was put into integrating the house into the topography, to attach inside areas to the outside panorama and current grade whereas preserving the positioning’s pure character.
Using the positioning’s sloping topography, the undertaking orients to expansive mountain views. The arrival sequence begins from an entry street above the house exposing ballasted roofs and PV panels. A brand new entry drive aligned on a mountain peak descends by means of layered stone and boulder retaining partitions set inside native landscaping. Upon arrival on the auto courtroom, sturdy stone components embedded within the land relaxation beneath a low-slung floating pavilion roof. This driveway alignment and procession invitations views over the house to the Elk Mountain Vary past, permitting the house to quietly reveal itself inside its pure setting.
These sturdy, quiet single-story stone plenty are purposefully positioned on the north facet to retain the pure grade because the topography falls to the south in direction of a big open meadow. By carving into the land, these heavy components anchor the undertaking and create inside volumes on the south facet, together with a walkout decrease stage that connects to the grade with terraces and a customized swimming pool. This retaining technique permits a dynamic strategy to the south facet of the residence the place floating volumes and glazed partitions are unified below gently sloping roofs, and ample overhangs with uncovered wooden rafters and soffits present safety from the weather whereas including heat to inside and exterior areas.
Sturdy constructing kinds, meticulously detailed pure supplies, and uncovered construction create a wealthy dialogue with the pure panorama expressing the consumer’s pursuits in a strong and distinctly crafted response to the thought of contemporary structure within the mountains.
The undertaking’s general design objectives included constructing vitality efficiency methods. Energetic methods embody a roof-mounted 29kw photo voltaic photovoltaic and battery storage system offering environment friendly renewable vitality. Passive approaches embody glazed partitions offering daylighting balanced with dynamic overhangs for seasonal solar management. Solar is blocked throughout summer season months and utilized in colder months heating concrete within the flooring and sustaining a hotter inside temperature.
Supplies have been chosen with a watch for sustainability and wellness. Farm-raised Port Orford Cedar was chosen for its aesthetic qualities, structural traits, and excessive sturdiness. These traits allowed its use in lots of purposes creating a powerful, crafted, and heat character. The idea of wellness is strengthened by interconnected water options offering seen and audible tranquility to gathering areas inside and out of doors. These water components movement by means of the panorama to a number of outside terraces set inside native aspen timber, additional connecting to nature.