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Substance Architecture has designed the Weigel Residence, a vacation house in Copper Mountains, Colorado. Following is some information from the architects, “This residence is a vacation home for a couple and their four young children. Located on a quarter-acre site in a residential development in Copper Mountain, Colorado, the home is comprised of a single-story, post-and-beam pavilion containing the primary living and entertainment spaces, and a four-story, conventionally framed tower containing the service spaces and bedrooms.
These elemental volumes are arranged to create two distinct landscape experiences; a sequestered, private environment of indoor and outdoor living spaces sheltered by lodge pole pines and nestled into the wooded site, and an expansive, open experience of Rocky Mountain vistas afforded by the belvedere quality of the tower. This arrangement allows the homeowners to “be in the woods” and “see the mountains” – the two site qualities which initially drew them to this location.
An entry sequence was developed to heighten the experience of the home. Beginning at the entry drive, visitors approach from the southeast; pass through the outer, cast-in-place concrete wall; up a stair parallel to the pavilion; into a covered “porch”; and then into the home. Each step along this path reveals carefully differentiated materiality. The compression experience – from fully exposed mountainside, to the more protected woodland, onto a defined plinth, and into the home’s interior – is graduated as well.”
Photo Farshid Assassi