Introducing the rendering of one of our newest residences here in Boulder we call 'Knollwood.' Simple gabled forms comprised of handmade white brike sit atop a plinth of Coloradan limestone. A slate roof provides visual texture and contrast to the white brick while the dramatically sloping topography gives way to the stone mass of the pool. A sliver of glass hints at the water feature beyond.
Introducing one of our newest residential projects here in Boulder -- Pleasant Ridge. Uniquely situated within rural fields to be planted with hay and alfalfa, the orientation of the home and barn aim to take in the sweeping views of the foothills from the west through the north as well as the horses grazing from framed views within the home. Strategic placement of native vegetative screens and structures provide wind breaks and focus views towards the foothills and the inner courtyard this orientation creates. A subdued material palette and utilization of traditional rural forms along with the restoration of agricultural use to the site aims to reflect the characteristics of the land and adjacent properties.
We've kicked off a new residential project here in Boulder we call "Brookside." Sited on a heavily wooded lot, out clients loved the idea of connected with the surrounding foliage, tree canopies, and sounds of the nearby creek as if living up in a treehouse. Shown here in the rendering of Brookside, the projecting steel and glass boxes serve to provide this feeling of living out amongst the trees. Follow along with the progress of this home at our Instagram project hashtag #sa_brookside.
Happy Friday! We're kicking off a new project we call "Cairn." The two primary structures sit on this exquisite site to frame out the views up and along the foothills to the west. Both main living spaces and bedrooms turn inward towards the landscape and the courtyard this layout creates. Opening up to the hill rising in back, huge operable doors and high clerestory glazing allows views from the base which criss crosses with running and hiking trails all the way up to the tree lined hilltop.
We're kicking off a new project we call "Meadow"...rendered above. Relatively simple in form, two stone gables meet via a glass connector while more intimate public spaces such as the library and dining room sit lower into the landscape as wood-clad boxes at the front side (opposite) of the house. This home opens up into the back courtyard and pool seen here through huge operable glass doors. Keep up with the progress of this home on Facebook and Instagram by way of the project hashtag #sa_meadow. Click into the project folder here for the full rendering.
We're kicking off a new project we call "View Point." We work with a lot of gorgeous sites in and around Boulder, but View Point may be one of our new favorites. Below are some earlier facade and material studies as we diagram and tie in surrounding views and site conditions.
We're kicking off one of our newest residential projects we call "High Line." Located in Denver, this single level home creates the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience and celebrates exposed structure. Check back for more progress on Instagram as we're excited to get a hole in the ground soon.
We are excited to announce our new project with Collegiate Peaks Bank in RiNo, Denver. Comprised of dark masonry, steel, glass, and cross laminated timbers, this commercial project embraces structure as finish and the balance of lightness/transparency vs. solid/security. The large glass volume houses the public spaces and sculptural stair within. As the structural cross laminated timbers fold up and over, it acts as the warm finish within while supporting the folding roofing above. Formally, the bank is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional portal framed industrial building.
We've been fine tuning the landscape, exterior materials, and interior finishes of Sunset. Working with Marpa Landscape, the approach of the house is shaped by steel and stone sitewalls that form a courtyard housing niwaki trees. As seen in the rendering, these elegantly sculpted trees are larger, planted (not potted), and more sculpted than their bonsai counterparts.
We're excited to introduce one of our new residential projects....Bierhaus! The close proximity to some of Boulder's most trafficked hiking destinations provides the challenge of embracing the immediate view of the foothills as well as creating privacy from the foot traffic of the hillside.
The form--as shown in our rendering above--is the result of this balance and specific orientation of views. Reinforcing that orientation is the metal roofing that wraps down from the gabled slope to create the walls below.
Keep an eye out for progress shots of Bierhaus as we are eager to break ground.
Our residential 'Larkspur' project is nearing completion and we wanted to share a few photos of it's progress. Built on a large corner lot in a neighborhood with a prescriptive ranch-style height limit, the courtyard-based floor plan allows this family with active kids to be engaged with the outdoors. The predominant contrasting light and dark aesthetic of the exterior white stained shake siding and steel runs into the interior material palette throughout.
Below, one of two concrete frogs found during demo and excavation of the site sits watch over the site. Posted there during the entirety of construction, we've come to think of them as our guardian spirit frogs.
Glass and steel frame some magnificent views in our new residential project Sunset. We're excited to kick it off by sharing this rendering - a view of the entry through a series of stone site walls. The entry brings you in beneath the glass-enclosed bedrooms into a linear gallery space showcasing the owner's collection of art.
On the blog today we're excited to introduce our new project we call "Chickadee," so-named after the small creatures that truly own this beautiful wooded lot here in Boulder. Situated on a stone plinth with a clean gable emerging out of stone site walls, this home sits as a contemporary design among remnant stone walls of the site's past.
Upon entering the site from the garage, a floating glass breezeway connects you to the living spaces. After circulating to the east facing outdoor stone patio, a water feature connects to the historic farmer's irrigation ditch to allow the sound of waterscape to join the chorus of "chick-a-dee-dee-dee."
Working with existing structures and designing a complimentary new addition is always a welcome challenge and design exercise. At 2021 Walnut, we began with a turn of the century Victorian home that had been given a pop-top second floor addition in the 90's in the form of a "witch's hat." After being utilized as a vertically stacked duplex for many years, we began our transformation by updating the exterior forms and simplifying the massing...the "witch's hat" had to go. Replacing the "witch's hat" with a clean gable on the second floor provides spectacular views to Bear Peak. Gutting the interior and returning it to a single family home resulted a gracious open floor plan with modern amenities.
Zoned for multiple lots, a new structure was dropped into the adjacent yard. This three bedroom unit with a third floor office and roof deck with sweeping views of the Flatirons functions as the white Victorian's modern counterpart in sleek black stained wood rainscreen.
We're breaking ground on a new residential project in Boulder and our builder sent us some amazing aerial shots of excavation. Scroll down for the time-lapse video of when trees sprout legs and settle down for a better view. For more glimpses of this project, check out Calcaire on our main site.
Breaking Ground in Cherry Creek! Situated in the heart of Denver’s Cherry Creek Neighborhood; this modern home redefines the limits of conventional living. As a response to the surrounding urban environment, and adjacent Ross Cherry Creek Public Library, the project required a unique siting and massing approach to create a private courtyard retreat. The open floor plan is perfect for entertaining and family events as the interior gathering spaces and courtyard are united through four glass garage doors and large expanses of glazing. As construction continues, the advanced geothermal system is being installed; which will serve to both heat and cool the residence. We are looking forward to this project materializing to reveal the soaring wood beams and exposed steel structure, further adding to the unique fabric of the cherry creek neighborhood.