A vacation home for two siblings and their families is all about strengthening connections—to each other, and to the land.
Designed by Portland-based practice Skylab Architecture, the 4,200-square-foot Owl Creek Residence in Snowmass, Colorado, has an unusual, triangulated floor plan that responds to the height and slope constraints of the site.
Rather than allow themselves to be limited by these constraints, the architects anchored the structure into the landforms and made visual connections to the landscape—including Colorado’s Snowmass mountain—at every possible angle.
Space is used efficiently to accommodate a series of lodge-like communal spaces within the two-level residence.
A central, spiraling split-level arrangement gives the living room, fireplace, and bar area a cozy, convivial feel.
Within the stairwell is a lounge area with terraced theater seating that works beautifully with the site’s topography.
The layout was thoughtfully planned to maximize functionality and efficiency. A prefabricated, triangular, structural steel frame with car decking was used to reduce construction costs for the garage, and the slope of the roof ushers water and snow downwards.
A triangular spa with an elevated deck and an expansive outdoor terrace that’s accessible via the kitchen encourage the homeowners to get outside.
By carefully crafting both indoor and outdoor spaces, the architects managed to draw the scenic landscape inward while extending the outdoor living experience.
The result is a remarkable home in nature that fosters a strong sense of togetherness.