Residential Design

VOL.6 2018

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Legends in the Snow E. COBB ARCHITECTS PROJECT LOCATION: BIG SKY, MONT. When architect Eric Cobb's longtime Seattle clients approached him with a site for a mountain house in Montana, he was intrigued. They had found a small, relatively nondescript parcel with one standout feature: It was surrounded on three sides by ski slopes. Eric's task was to design a commodious, archi- tecturally compelling house that took full advantage of the benefits of ski-in, ski-out mountain living. "There's a magical part of the day, between 3:30 and 5 p.m. in the winter, when you can soak in the last sun after skiing. That moment is why my clients are there, and it encapsulates the mean- ingful and powerful experience they wanted to have in their house." So the house begins at the après-ski deck, with its hot tub, bar, fire pit, and lounge area. Everything else radiates from there, including six bedrooms, a two-story spa room, additional terraces and gathering spaces, and an elevator with its own alder wood bar. Although the site has wonderful Big Sky mountain views, it was otherwise devoid of natural interest. Carved out by the developers, the lot was largely fill dirt abutting a curved road. Eric's team set about anchoring the house to the landscape with rough and rug- ged materials, evoking in a modern language the sturdy solidity of a moun- tain-lodge ideal. Cor-Ten steel, charred wood siding, and horizontal board-formed concrete walls stand up to the elements and are, in their own way, elemental. "Design review calls for stone, but we convinced them that the concrete would accom- Project: ELEVATION 8595; architect: Eric Cobb, partner in charge; Jennifer Taylor, project architect, E. Cobb Architects, Seattle; landscape architect: Bruce Hinckley, Maria Laky, Alchemy, Seattle; general contractor: Peter Lee, Sim- one Bayens, Teton Heritage Builders, Gallatin Gateway, Mont. Renderings: E. Cobb Architects. plish the same effect," Eric explains. "We went for a very rough texture, where removal of the form caused intentional chipping and jaggedness, so horizontal legends catch the snow." The team also brought in more than 20 boulders "as big as mid-sized vehicles," he says, "to help bed the structure as it comes out of the ground." —S. Claire Conroy 74 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 6, 2018 PARTI SHOT

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