December 18, 2017
When asked to design a vacation home at a beautiful location in the Rockies, the team at Skylab Architecture adopted the humble triangle as the key design feature to great effect.
Located at a sloping site overlooking a golf course, the house is shaped like an arrowhead with extensive windows on either side of the triangular point to frame the spectacular views. An angular staircase with smoked glass balustrades leads to the kitchen and dining area on the mezzanine, which opens up to a triangular south-facing terrace with a bar as well as a triangular fire pit and seating area.
As you descend the staircase a light and airy double-height living space opens up, revealing the full glory of the stunning view. The triangular theme continues with the dark metal support pillars and beams which echo the shape of the distant peaks. On the lower level the wooden ceiling and floor panels are cleverly arranged in a chevron pattern, pointing towards the tip of the triangle where a triangular hot tub sits in the outdoor terrace. We also like the twin circular flues over the sculptural marble kitchen counter and the rich rust colour of the external cladding.
This remarkable house is a great example of how straight lines and sharp angles can work in wonderful harmony with nature.
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