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In Salt Lake City, a place not renowned for progressive architecture, Brent Jespersen built a luminous canyon retreat—using his architect father and a famed Utah modernist as his guides.

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  The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The Jespersen residence sits in virtual isolation atop Emigration Canyon. With its oversize sliding glass doors, flat roof, and meticulous attention to geometric principles, the recently completed home creates a haven in the mountain wilderness.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  The backyard features a cedar deck that extends into a field of rolling wildflowers and local fauna.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The backyard features a cedar deck that extends into a field of rolling wildflowers and local fauna.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  The living room utilizes Eames lounges and a B&B Italia sofa to create a spare but comfortable environment. Sliding glass doors provide ample ventilation.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The living room utilizes Eames lounges and a B&B Italia sofa to create a spare but comfortable environment. Sliding glass doors provide ample ventilation.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Cassina cab chairs and curvilinear vases from Vietnam create a sense of calm, and provide a warm contrast to the strong clean lines of the interior.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Cassina cab chairs and curvilinear vases from Vietnam create a sense of calm, and provide a warm contrast to the strong clean lines of the interior.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Berlin Jespersen, 8, daintily rocks the family drum kit, which Brent is also learning to play.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Berlin Jespersen, 8, daintily rocks the family drum kit, which Brent is also learning to play.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Jill prepares breakfast in the custom kitchen, which features a Roman travertine-topped work island.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Jill prepares breakfast in the custom kitchen, which features a Roman travertine-topped work island.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  The landscaping appears to be based on the mullet principle: business in the front, as seen here (manicured grid lawn, with native vegetation sprouting in careful symmetry), party in the back (sunflowers and wild mountain grass growing in harmonious chaos).  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The landscaping appears to be based on the mullet principle: business in the front, as seen here (manicured grid lawn, with native vegetation sprouting in careful symmetry), party in the back (sunflowers and wild mountain grass growing in harmonious chaos).

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  The main living room, separated by a freestanding wall, continues into an open study. The bookshelves, close to ten feet tall, are home to numerous architectural books, philosophy texts, and the literary work of Ayn Rand. Recessed speakers emanate music throughout, dependant on the wills of Jespersens' iPod.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The main living room, separated by a freestanding wall, continues into an open study. The bookshelves, close to ten feet tall, are home to numerous architectural books, philosophy texts, and the literary work of Ayn Rand. Recessed speakers emanate music throughout, dependant on the wills of Jespersens' iPod.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  A meticulously manicured lawn complements the pared-down lines and massive front door. By night the path is illuminated by floodlights, which almost succeed in deterring the local wildlife. Almost—Jespersen notes that deer, moose, and other hoofed beasts visit the property on a regular basis.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    A meticulously manicured lawn complements the pared-down lines and massive front door. By night the path is illuminated by floodlights, which almost succeed in deterring the local wildlife. Almost—Jespersen notes that deer, moose, and other hoofed beasts visit the property on a regular basis.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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