Striking home with walls of glass showcases views of the Teton Mountains

This striking home is a modern art piece designed by , nestled on the banks of the Snake River in Jackson, Wyoming. The 6,250 square foot dwelling is nestled on a 20-acre property, but presented the architects with several challenges. An Army Corps of Engineers-built berm on the site created a visual barrier to the river. Additionally a beautiful cottonwood grove, although offering privacy, screened views of the Grand Teton mountain range. To resolve these issues, the architects’ solution was to build platforms on the site to study the river, seasons and views; ultimately elevating the home five feet above the ground, lifting the main living area above the riverine meadow.

The architects designed the house and guest house as two bars set perpendicular to each other, the house running east/west, the guesthouse running north/south. The structures exemplify a simplicity of line and material palette and are connected by wood decking, which creates a shared outdoor space that capitalizes on warm southern light. There, a grove of aspen trees provides shadow and texture and acts as a focal point within the natural clearing. From that seasonal outdoor living space, one looks through the living room of the main house to the Tetons beyond. This transparency renders the structure less imposing and further connects the home to its site.

On both sides of the home, echoed in the guest house, ten-foot overhangs run the length of the building. The resulting carved-out spaces, lined with cedar, provide warmth and a natural element, as well as contrast against the metal skin of the building. The naturally varicolored cedar is laid in a carefully detailed undulating pattern to create texture and shadow play, while the steel on the exterior of the building is designed to weather over time — its ‘living finish’ slowly rusting to a patina as the home further integrates with its site.

Exterior materials are carried inside with board-formed concrete, white plaster walls, and cedar ceilings. Floors of architectural concrete contain bits of green glass for added texture and interest. In the main volume, the double height kitchen/dining/living area opens in its length to north and south with floor-to-ceiling windows, while the fireplace stack — created from board-formed concrete in which some boards project and some recede for added texture — grounds the room.

In the living room, the project team designed architectural lighting in channels to avoid interfering with the beauty of ceiling then chose key statement decorative lighting pieces throughout the house. They worked with the clients on all furnishings to bring a comfortable, casual elegance to spaces that might otherwise feel grand using texture and saturated colors.

What We Love: This striking home offers modern living spaces and expansive walls of glass that frames breathtaking views of the Teton mountain range. Although there is an abundance of concrete and steel integrated into the structure of this home, the complimentary use of wood helps to infuse warmth. The surrounding landscape is the showpiece of this home, adding to the overall feeling of relaxation of this fabulous Wyoming getaway… Readers, what are your thoughts, do you find the design of this home appealing? Tell us in the Comments!

Note: Have a look at a couple of our favorite home tours that we have featured here on Fitflopsale-Singapore from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Carney Logan Burke Architects: Mountain modern luxury home inspired by gorgeous Wyoming landscape and Fabulous home and artist studio dramatically overlooking Teton Mountains.

On the entry end of the building, the architects created a two-story component within the long building; this allows for children’s bedrooms above with a guest room, garage, and powder room below. Engineered beech floors upstairs and painted millwork in the mudroom and media room provide contrast to the cedar.

On the home’s north side, a ten-foot-wide deck with its attendant overhang runs the length of the house, rising to the second story on the east end. This multipurpose outdoor space encompasses an outdoor kitchen and dining area with grill and pizza oven, ties the master bedroom suite at the west end to the rest of the house, creates additional entertaining space off the living room, provides access to the meadow, and engages with the river— a simple and elegant solution to multiprogram goals.

Above: This statement powder bathroom is the only windowless room in the house. This space reads as a tunnel: arched full-length mirrors indefinitely reflect the brass railroad tracks set in the floor, creating a dramatic trompe l’oeil tunnel effect.

Above: A 1,000 square foot modern guest house connects to the main house via a large wood platform amongst the aspen trees.

Above: The house is wrapped in a hot-rolled steel plate with a wax coating, which will slowly weather in the dry climate.

Photos: Matthew Millman Photography

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