Inspired by breathtaking panoramic views, this 9,918 SF mountain retreat was designed for family time and entertaining. On a 2.47 acre site, Maroon Creek Overlook sits at the top of a steep sagebrush and scrub oak covered hillside, overlooking a large creek-bed below.
Presenting a natural dish shape, the site has a gently rising slope to the south and a steeper rising slope to the north, giving the design team the opportunity to bridge the slope and step the structure to reflect the topography. The architects strived to create both seamless indoor/outdoor living spaces and interior spaces with dramatic connections to the steep hillside and creek below.
In response to the owners wishes to separate the program into distinct areas: living (or public spaces), master, and children’s zones, the house is conceived as three pods connected by transparent links. The pods are pure forms with eroded corners, cantilevering over solid bases. The pods push, pull, and rotate to create pockets of privacy in the existing landscape. The cantilevers are accentuated as the site drops off into a deep ravine, perching the occupants above the creek below.
The clients requested an outdoor lawn/living space which would capture plenty of sunshine, where the children could play and the adults could entertain particularly in the summer, when they can open the large sliding glass doors and allow the inside to flow outdoors. A pocket of privacy is formed by the master and living pods by carving into the site and extending the concrete walls at the base of the structure into the landscape to further enclose the space. Native vegetation reaches to the edge of the site walls creating a Zen-like oasis in the landscape. The orientation of the lawn takes advantage of solar access and uses the mass of the pods to deflect noise from a nearby highway.
Every element needed to be durable for the mountain climate and lifestyle, but also maintain a sense of elegance. Primary materials include board form concrete, cedar, zinc, and glass. Recessed, dark-framed windows tie into solid dark panels with deep shadow lines. The windows and paneling are offset by light, rough-textured vertical wood siding, and crisp, horizontal metal siding; both materials are harmonious with the surrounding landscape. Flooring materials extend seamlessly to the exterior, expanding the interior spaces and engaging the site.
Together, these careful design decisions create a residence that lives comfortably and seamlessly both in-doors and out, shielded from the adjacent highway noise, while taking advantage of all the landscape has to offer.
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Inspired by breathtaking panoramic views of the Elk Mountain Range, this 9,918 SF, 5-bedroom mountain retreat was designed for family time and entertaining. © Copyright CCY Architects.
Maroon Creek Overlook is a rigorous contemporary home that responds to and connects with its site and the environment. © Copyright CCY Architects.
Maroon Creek Overlook | Conceived as three separate pods connected by transparent links.
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Maroon Creek Overlook Kitchen © Copyright CCY Architects.
Maroon Creek Overlook Master Bedroom. © Copyright CCY Architects.
Maroon Creek Overlook Master Bathroom. © Copyright CCY Architects.
Maroon Creek Overlook East Lawn. © Copyright CCY Architects.
- David Marlow
- Draper White