Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado

architecture modern residence7 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in ColoradoConceived as a threshold between the city and the mountain park, the massive Syncline House developed by Arch11 near Boulder, Colorado is a modern living retreat. The residence was especially envisioned for an entrepreneurial and professional rock climbing couple who simply wanted a place where they could leave the city behind. Throughout the planning process, the architects had to overcome many challenges related to both the construction site and materials employed. To support an envelope comprised of 50% glazing for example, a structural steel frame was used in place of traditional stick framing throughout the home. design modern residence5 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado An interplay between openness and privacy dictated the overall design strategy. “The house is a threshold between both the cultural and geologic creases: one between the domestic and the feral, the other between horizontal and vertical.  As the entry opens to the living spaces the apertures transform in scale to reveal the expansive landscape in its entirety. At the southwest corner thirty feet of glass retracts into the walls, dissolving the boundary between the domestic and the wild; the living spaces are then bounded only by the uplifted cliffs beyond. Reciprocally, the native meadow to the west folds onto the garage roof providing easy outdoor access for visiting guests in the house’s guest suite”. The east wall remains closed, allowing only privileged, controlled views and light from the clerestory above. [Photography courtesy of  Arch11] ideas modern residence Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 44 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 56 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 67 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 75 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 86 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 96 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 105 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 115 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 125 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 135 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 144 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 153 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 164 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 174 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 182 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 194 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 204 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado modern residence 212 Threshold Between the City and the Mountain Park: Syncline House in Colorado Read More

Modern Classroom by Salmela Architect

I don’t think I have ever posted about a modern classroom before. Salmela Architect has a pretty great body of work and I have shared it before. This modern building resides at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. I like the diversity of materials used on the exterior. The two white pillar like structures in the courtyard are an echo of each other in different proportions, one being the wood and the other being the fire. I know I didn’t have any classrooms like this when I went to college. Read More