Perched high above the town of Jackson Hole, this home has wide views of snow-capped peaks and the vast valley of the Grand Teton National Park. The house forges a deep sense of connection with the natural world with one’s gaze constantly drawn outside. The long, low house has an organic quality taking inspiration from the client’s love of New Zealand’s wide open beach houses and the chalets of Switzerland. The clients purchased the site of 4 acres with a run-down cabin that occupied an extraordinary position and set out create something new and original for themselves. The design was fuelled by historic alpine architecture especially the chalet style of the Engadin region of Switzerland.
The clients love New Zealand’s beach houses and Swiss chalets and were keen to incorporate these into the new design. The architect also took inspiration from the J.P Cunningham Cabin an 1880’s ranch house in the Grand Teton National Park. The design has a central living space bordered by expanses of glass slide open to access a large wooden terrace. The large open-plan seating and dining area flow into a kitchen leading to a more intimate breakfast nook which frames a breathtaking vista. This level also features a family room, bunk room for their kids and friends which can sleep up to 8 and the master suite. Below there is a spa with steam room and sauna adjacent to a guest bedroom and study. The house is nestled into the hillside with large expanses of glass used to frame views of the exceptional landscape surrounding the house.
The approach was to understand the reflect the context of the spectacular site and build something that felt timeless and rooted to the location. The landscape and local vernacular building forms were compared to the traditional building forms in Europe, particularly Switzerland, to observe how the harmonious quality of mountain buildings might be applied in this context.
Material Used :
1. Stone wall, Montana stone
2. Floors and some interior joinery in Dinesen
3. Bespoke blanked steel hearth
4. Windows by Marvin n Windows and Vitrocsa
5. Sanitary ware – Agape and bespoke basins in Versalys Marble
6. Stone floors – locally sourced pebbles and Oslo Grey Sandstone
7. Stone – Oakley Stone
8. Roof Material – Cedar Shingles
9. Sanitary Fittings – Vola