Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rustic-modern ski house in Big Sky

 This timber and stone modern ski house is located in Big Sky, Montana, designed by New York City based interior design firm Haynes-Roberts in conjunction with Montana-based architecture firmJLF & Associates. Designed for a family with young children, the intention was to have plenty of the warmth and beauty of a Western house but infuse it with a hip, up-to-date sensibility. The structurewas created to be authentic to the region, but it was pared down to communicate a 21st-century lifestyle. The architects designed the framing elements from large weathered barn timbers and cladceilings and floors with reclaimed wood planks and built fireplace surrounds from locally sourced quarried stone. The prominent staircase was designed with steel and glass elements to add clean lines into a historic shell.

 Rich textures and warm gray tones in the building materials helped to serve as both complement and counterpoint to the furnishings. The designer’s wanted to add hip 1960’s/70’s overlay to the wood and stone ski home. Vintage pieces were added to evoke a bit of the James Bond era to the home. The furnishings are comprised of clean minimal lines, tactile fabric in a “dark neutral” palette blend with the surrounding walls and seems to recede into the landscape. The design was meant to feel exciting and sophisticated, and while it does not fit with the typical image of a rustic Western residence, it has a sense of timelessness tailored to its mountain environment.

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