Thorn Residence

Salt Lake City, Utah
Architect
Builder
  • Benchmark Modern
Photographer
Location
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Year
  • 2012
  • Square Feet
  • 4150
  • Bedrooms
  • 5
  • Full Baths
  • 3
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • The modern architect's mantra is form follows function. In the case of a house, function is very much determined by lifestyle. Therefore, if you live differently, your home should probably look, function, and act differently. To know a home is very much to know its owners. This home is beautifully unique. Meet its family.

    For this vegan family, light and air and good food are essential ground work for living. Here, health is the law of the land. Openness and warmth is a way of being. Color is a metaphor for life. Playfulness is a motto to live by. And family is everything.

    Like a big embrace the main wall of this home curves around the indoor/outdoor living and yard where the family spends most of its time exploring the imaginary world, far away from the TV. With the exception of the basement, every space in the home spills out onto the communal living patio.

    Inside, the main living area is flanked by the master wing and the children's wing. The children's area consists of bedrooms branching off of a play space, a study room, a communal closet where the girls love to share clothes, and a partitioned bathroom designed to take advantage of all its facilities without an encroachment on privacy.

    The basement is the family area filled with natural light tinted by a colorful, two story light well that breaths light and fresh air into the space. Here the family hosts impromptu jam sessions, video game tournaments, and family art lessons.

    Throughout the house, all of the south facing walls are painted a vibrant color chosen with specific significance for the family like, Utah Sky Blue in the living room. When looking north down the corridor, an enfilade of color lines up like a family rainbow. Each of the girls' rooms are painted with colors they've chosen, and all are connected by 'secret' windows to encourage bonding time.

    Architects like to tout that their architecture improves people's lives, but sometimes people's lives also improve the architecture they live in.

    Imbue Design uploaded Thorn Residence through Add A Home.
    Add your own project for the chance to be featured in Editor's Picks.
    Street View Photo  of Thorn Residence modern home

    Street View

    Side Yard Photo 2 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Side Yard

    Side Yard Photo 3 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Side Yard

    Side Yard Photo 4 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Side Yard

    Living Space Photo 6 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Living Space

    Living Room Photo 7 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Living Room

    Fireplace and Shelves Photo 8 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Fireplace and Shelves

    Living Room Photo 9 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Living Room

    Living Space Photo 10 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Living Space

    Colorful Hallway Enfilade Photo 11 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Colorful Hallway Enfilade

    Master Bedroom Photo 12 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Master Bedroom

    Color Explosion in the Bedroom Photo 13 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Color Explosion in the Bedroom

    Staircase Photo 14 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Staircase

    Basement Family Room Photo 15 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Basement Family Room

    Basement Family Room Photo 16 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Basement Family Room

    Basement Light Well in Family Room Photo 17 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Basement Light Well in Family Room

    Guest Bedroom Photo 18 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Guest Bedroom

    Proud Owner in the Entry Photo 19 of Thorn Residence modern home

    Proud Owner in the Entry

    Get a Daily Dose of Design

    Sign up for the Dwell Daily Newsletter and never miss our new features, photos, home tours, stories, and more.