Favorite buildings in the West

For ML’s September/October issue, we asked several top mountain architects and interior designers to share the works of high-country architecture that inspire them most. Here, their stunning favorite buildings, from Santa Fe to Jackson Hole:

âThe Grand Canyon Skywalk. Its bold and simple gesture in the landscape allows people to experience the canyon in an outrageous and unexpected way.â Charles Cunniffe, Charles Cunniffe Architects

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âThe New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. It was designed in 1917 by Isaac and William Rapp as a copy of the building they created for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego, and showcases the Pueblo Spanish Revival style that swept Santa Fe and the nation in the 1920s.â Dan Featheringill, Feather & Gill Architects

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âThe REI flagship store in Denver. The historic brick exterior makes a strong and clear statement (as opposed to many of todayâs mish-mashed building façades), and I love the way the interior space reveals itself one piece at a time as you move through it.â Scott Rodwin, Rodwin Architecture

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âThe Cliff Palace at Mesa Verde National Park. I find the cliff dwellings to be an awe-inspiring monument to lasting architecture and a reminder of how important daylight, shading and sustainability are in the architecture we create today.â Jamie Brewster McLeod, Brewster McLeod Architects

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âRichard Neutraâs Kaufmann residence, which effortlessly connects indoor and outdoor spaces while providing protection from the extreme desert conditions in Palm Springs. Built in 1946, it is a perfect example of how the International style can transcend time.â Chris Pardo, Pb Elemental Architecture

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âThe Old Faithful Lodge in Yellowstone National Park, which I have fond early memories of. It is amazingly monumentalâeven more so when you are eight years oldâas it rises with four-story balconies built of lodgepole pine. Itâs one of the largest log structures in the world.â Debra Browne, Harrison Browne Interior Design

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âThe Brown Palace in Denver is absolutely amazing. The exterior beckons you, and once youâre inside, you see the detail and beauty of every aspect of the finishes, from the amazing lighting to the onyx walls. Itâs classy and tastefulâa must-see in Denver.â Amanda Heys, Locati Architects & Interiors

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âThe Lost Creek Ranch in Jackson Hole is right at the top of my list of absolute favorite experiences. The historic ranch is a privately owned island in the middle of national park and forestland, and being there is like stepping back in time. Itâs a first-class opportunity to really get back to nature.â Tony Sutton, Est Est, Inc.

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âThe Clyfford Still Museum in Denver. As an architect and artist, I admire the building for its qualities of space, light and materiality, and (maybe even more importantly) for the beautiful dance between architecture and art that the museum invites you to participate in.â Keira Ritter, Keira Ritter Design Company

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