A Curvy Modern Home Connected to the Mountains
Photos: Dennis Jones
Anchored into its elevated site in Vail, Colorado, this mountain modern—but not minimalist—home marries all the best qualities of luxury mountain living: clean lines, organic materials, eye-catching architecture, walls of glass, and plenty of seamless indoor-outdoor transitions.
The gorgeous duplex was designed to replace a previous home on the property, which was quite small and built in 1973. The homeowners’ and design professionals’ vision was of a mountain modern home that didn’t feel minimalist. The result is a stunning mountain retreat rich in details that are both industrial and organic.
The exterior is striking with a series of curved and low-slope shed roofs supported by stone walls and an exposed steel timber frame structure. The play of the stone and stepping roof forms break down the scale of the home and connect it to its surroundings.
Floor-to-ceiling glass walls envelope the living room, providing spectacular views of the Gore Range mountains as well as an overwhelming feeling of being connected to nature.
Stone walls and a fireplace anchor the glass, providing a sense of enclosure—and serve as a great example of the home’s constant juxtaposition of clean lines with bold, organic elements.
The home’s strong indoor-outdoor connection is felt from almost every vantage point.
The focal point of the kitchen is the island, where family and friends can sit and gather. To counterbalance the clean lines, a bold, organic marble was chosen.
The kitchen is 12 inches higher than the living room to create privacy from the dining room, as well as even better mountain views.
Right off the kitchen is a small den and office, complete with cozy a fireplace.
The larch floors have been steamed and baked so they crack open, and then the gaps are filled with a contracting white epoxy—a unique contemporary-meets-rustic look.
The home’s unique stairway features exposed steel and organic wood timbers throughout, seemingly floating to the levels above and allowing natural light to do the same.
Unique features of this mountain modern retreat are found on every corner, literally. Here, a wine room is carved out of the staircase, with a corner glass-and-steel storefront window.
The large windows and doors that open up onto patios, the walls that extend out of the house and into the site, the curved roofs which respond to the surrounding hillsides, and the durable natural materials all blend this home seamlessly into its site—a connection that the occupants can truly enjoy.
Hans Berglund is the owner of Berglund Architects, an Edwards, Colorado-based firm that specializes in custom residential and commercial design for the mountain environment. View their profile or contact Hans at (970) 926-4301.
Content for this article provided by Berglund Architects.