AIA Colorado Merit Award & AIA Denver Honorable Mention Award
Location | Black Hills, South Dakota
This project is envisioned as a full time residence, part time guest house and fully functional barn. The essence of the architecture takes cues from the rural agricultural aesthetic on one end of the spectrum and contemporary living on the other end. The conceptual goal of the project is to use the three structures to illustrate the evolution of how we use materials, harness natural light, and, most importantly, create and design useful spaces, all while telling a story of the modernization of architectural design.
The heart of the arrival sequence is the ‘Gateway to the Meadow’. The meadow is framed by an inviting, covered walkway calling out entry into the Main House or Barn while allowing passage straight through to an outdoor gathering space overlooking the meadow.
The Barn harkens to the traditional functional aesthetic of the locale, to become the icon at the arrival entry to the project. Subtle contemporary interpretations are found in the barn details and material selections.
The Main house capitalizes on the meaningful connection and views to the meadow. The house is based on more traditional forms while having clean detailing that speaks to building in the present day.
The Guest house takes advantage of the meadow views and utilizes a cantilever to reach out and overlook the treed ravine below. This building is more contemporary in nature with slotted windows that tune transparency and opacity.