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Weathering steel mountain retreat perched hillside in Colorado Rockies

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This Corten steel clad modern mountain retreat designed by Skylab Architecture is perched on a hillside in beautiful Snowmass, Colorado. This home boasts panoramic views of Snowmass Mountain, built on the idea that a physical place can deepen the connections between friends, families, and the natural world. 

The project vision for Owl Creek Ski House included creating a collection of lodge-like communal spaces surrounded by naturally weathered and local materials providing an abundance of access to natural light and minimizing visual separation from the outdoors.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE Skylab INTERIOR DESIGN Studio Lambiotte, LLC. CONTRACTOR Ridge Runner Construction STRUCTURAL ENGINEER Mountain Design Group MECHANICAL ENGINEER Resource Engineering Group and Architectural Engineering Consultants GEOTECHNICAL AND SOILS ENGINEER CTL Thompson Incorporated LANDSCAPE Artifex

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Site constraints were central to the design response and informing the spatial concept to triangulate the structure working with the existing sloping terrain. It turned the strict height limitation and slope constraints of the site into an advantage by anchoring the structure into the landforms.

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This 4,500-square-foot, all-weather mountain retreat is about enhancing and recharging social relations and maximizing connections to the native environment.

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The structure frames powerful views through two principal facades, maximizing the visual connection to the landscape at every angle. Strategic decisions in the frame and form allowed for efficiencies and functional benefits, including a triangular structural steel frame with car decking to minimize costs through prefabrication, and a roof slope to move water and snow downslope. 

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What We Love: This steel clad mountain retreat seems to meld into it’s rugged landscape, boasting a fabulous indoor-outdoor connection. We are loving the attractive material palette and large windows framing panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains. A unique outdoor deck encourages stepping outside to enjoy the breathtaking landscape while lounging and grilling with family and friends.

Tell Us: What details do you find most appealing in the design of this ski house? Would this be your idea of the ultimate getaway? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Take a look at another fabulous home that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the Snowmass, Colorado region: Mountain retreat gets warm and inviting remodel in Snowmass, Colorado.

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Finishes and interior relationships (featuring a palette with wood, stone, and weathering steel) were carefully crafted to draw the scenic landscape inward and extending the outdoor deck living experience.

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A central spiraling split-level arrangement allows for the living room, fireplace, bar and lounge to feel like intimate spaces with a communal energy. Terracing theater seating maximizes space within the stairwell working with the topography.

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Compact and efficient private sleeping wings open to expansive outdoor views at the lower level.

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Exterior spaces open interior activity to the outdoors including a triangular spa with an elevated deck and an expansive outdoor terrace right off the kitchen. The Owl Creek Ski House provides a platform to gather in a shared living environment connected to their surroundings with purpose, deepening family connections.

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Photos: Robert Reck, Stephen Miller, and Jeremy Bittermann

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Michael D Keenoy
1 month ago

Holy Cow! Not being a fan of ultra modern homes, all I can say is wow! They made angular modern feel warm and inviting. The firepit is the cat’s meow and the views are awe inspiring. There are some strange spaces, interesting design twists and turns, and places I would love to sit down and stay a long while. One photo of one of the stairways makes me dizzy but it’s a good dizzy. The completeness of this presentation is sincerely appreciated and it makes me feel like I have really visited a little slice of heaven. Thank you so… Read more »

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1 month ago

this is a really interesting exterior design. i’m not sure whether i like the house but i really appreciate the attention to detail. there are some pretty strong hints of design language here, so i suspect that these guys have done other projects that use elements represented in this house. the terraced seating arrangement looks kind of odd because it doesn’t appear to face toward anything interesting (like an outdoor view) other than walls. maybe their is a drop down monitor on which you can watch videos while seating in the area. i like the black and white photo of… Read more »