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Sophisticated modern living in Colorado: Kern Residence

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Kern Residence is a stunning contemporary home situated in Castle Pines Village, Colorado by Semple Brown Design. The massive 12,000 square foot residence was designed similar in scale and character to the client’s loft in New York. The architects made a significant effort to create a modern and sophisticated home that mirrored the personality of the owner’s. The architecture was to be ambient, serving as a backdrop to the beautiful and meticulous landscape of Japanese Gardens, ponds, pathways and architectural features. The challenge of the design was to fit the building;s massing into a long slender lot with a significant grade change while creating the illusion of a smaller structure.

In order to best respond to the site and relate the structure to its context, the entry point into the house needed to be a full story lower in elevation than the arrival point onto the site, thus resulting in the challenge of gracefully bringing the home owners and visitors alike down to the front door through a landscaped outdoor room. The interior spaces are laid-out in a horizontal format with clean modern lines, carrying the language of the exterior inside.  There is a strong and deliberate dialog between the exterior and interior spaces created within this project.

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The materials throughout include exposed integrally colored board-formed concrete, steel, glass, cedar, oak, bamboo and stucco.

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Photos: Courtesy of Semple Brown Design

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