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DNA Alpine by CCY Architects

Aug 12, 2023Aug 12, 2023

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Location: San Miguel County, Colorado

Project size: 4,300 square feet

Program: Set in a remote stretch of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, this getaway for a couple offers seclusion high in the American Rockies. With an open plan, office space, sauna, and a two-car garage, this house comfortably sleeps seven.

Design Solution: In undertaking this project, CCY embraced smallness and deference to the landscape. A meticulous program assessment helped optimize the house’s layout and minimize its footprint. By dividing the program into three separate buildings—main house, garage, and sauna—each component could be adapted to the topography and fit between established Engelmann spruces, which the clients wished to maintain. Inspired by these towering trees, the architects also designed a facade pattern, with four repeating profiles, derived from their DNA sequence.

The roof of the main house is folded—opening living spaces to expansive views and accommodating a guestroom and sleeping loft one half-story higher. South-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows provide optimal solar exposure, while generous overhangs minimize summer heat gain. Throughout, the house never rises more than 15 feet above natural grade.

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Structure and Materials: To weather the harsh, high-altitude environmental conditions, CCY specified durable, low-maintenance materials. The exterior is primarily clad in copper and steel. At the main entry, a full-height door allows the clients to secure the house when not in use, protecting it from heavy snowfall and the elements.

Additional Information Completion date: April 2021 Site size: 75 acres Total construction cost: Withheld Client/Owner: Withheld






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Images courtesy CCY Architects

Architect: CCY Architects 223 Midland Avenue P.O. 529 Basalt, Colorado 81621

Personnel in the firm who should receive special credit: Principal In Charge: Todd Kennedy Project Manager: Jenny Trumble Consulting Principal: John Cottle

Interior Designer:Arnelle Kase

Engineers: Mechanical: Resource Engineering Group Structural: Resource Engineering Group Civil: Dave Ballode

Consultants: Landscape: Kristin Undhjem

General contractor:Dave Gerber Construction

Photographer: Jeremy Bittermann/JBSA

Exterior Cladding Metal panels: Copper with custom profile/pre-patina Moisture barrier: Grace Ice and Water Shield (roof); Tyvek HouseWrap (exterior walls)

Windows Metal frame: Arcadia Custom/Thermal Steel

Doors Entrances: Custom steel Wood doors: Solid core oak

Hardware Pulls: Sun Valley Bronze

Interior Finishes Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore Paneling: Delta Millworks Floor and wall tile: Keystone Glyphic Silk Georgette (primary bath)

Plumbing Toilet: Blue Bathworks Primary bath sink: Custom Ramp Sink Primary bath faucet: Lavante Primary bath shower: Fantini – Milanoslim Kitchen faucet: Blanco – Semi Professional

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