By Williams Partners Architects, USA
If you want to ‘get away from it all’, this is certainly the way to do it and in some considerable style. This modern architecture ranch is situated on a fertile open plain surrounded by mountains in the distance
Although the ‘Double Helix Ranch’ makes a powerful architectural statement this outstanding modern building sits very lightly and gently on the landscape.
The geometric forms are a total contrast to the softer organic forms surrounding it. However, the angular rhythms of the roof do echo the undulating mountains and hills in the background. The structure of the modern architecture ranch also mimics the natural topology as the compound is built protectively around an enclosed garden space, just as the hills surround the flat remote plain.
The exterior of the house is chiefly clad in tough weather resistant galvanized steel, including the roof, but this appears softer in appearance due to the use of massive timber supporting beams. A main focus of the ranch is the large glass windows which were built to maximize views of the fabulous landscape. This combination of slender metal and transparent glass is what gives this property its illusion of weightlessness. However, heavy masonry pillars have been used to ‘anchor’ the modern architecture ranch firmly to the earth on which it sits.
The interior of the modern architecture ranch is a surprising contrast to the exterior. Inside the home appears classically modern but with many welcoming traditional elements. The same stone pillars that appear on the outside are also used internally. Inside the house they add a reassuringly permanent ambience. This welcoming aspect is also strengthened by the generous application of mellow seasoned timber. Wood is evident throughout the house as ceiling beams, flooring and fitted furnishing units. There is a seamless fusion between modernity and tradition in this aspect of the interior design scheme.
This house was built primarily to take full advantage of the fabulous wild location. The best views of this can be achieved from the comfortable tower room which has 360° views of the whole breathtaking valley.