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*+ +* Star Dancer A thoughtful match of land and structure houses one I t was written in the stars. After four years of looking, one of Jackson Hole’s most majestic and best kept real-estate secrets became known to a couple from Fairfield County, Connecticut. At the end of the road near the highest point on a steep, north-facing aspen-treed butte, this key 4.7-acre the first to know and we immediately flew to Jackson. It was a wet, grey day with heavy clouds cloaking the peaks as we stood on the property and looked north. Our realtor held up, in front of our faces, a picture postcard of the entire Teton Mountain Range taken from atop this butte. Sold.” property had been reserved for the development of a residents’ Brad Hoyt, a Jackson, Wyo. architect with CTA Architects family and its heritage in the wilds of Wyoming club. But that all changed. The owners remembered: “We were Engineers (of Billings, Mont., with several Rocky Mountain W r i t t e n b y t. H a m i s H t e a r a fire lookout inspired piece is the first to welcome visitors to the series of pods stretching out around the natural amphitheater. upper level living enhances the views from the public spaces. a fortress-strong base supports the lighter, view enhancing upper level. PHotograPHy by karl neumann118 Big Sky Journal HOME 119
regional offices) was originally asked to design a traditional home that would provide a haven for extended family and friends, yet would also com- pliment and accommodate copious Beidermeyer antiques — heirloom family furniture from a sto- ried heritage as far back as the 1820’s — to be moved from Fairfield County and Pittsburgh. However, Hoyt saw the natural amphitheater in which the home would be nestled. He also saw one of the most stunning views in Wyoming — in the world — and that from a 500-foot elevated pedes- tal looking out over a canopy of quaking aspen and blue spruce trees. “The lot cried out for a home that followed the flow of this mini bowl, I had to preserve every aspect of that situation and view,” Hoyt explained. “The owners were open to my suggestion that a barrel-stave roof on a contemporary home would allow for so much more architectural creativ- Left: the great room was specifically designed to feel com- fortable for even small-sized groups. a large upper level deck extends the living area during warm weather. Above: numerous outdoor spaces accommodate sun or shade, views of the teton range or more intimate favorites. Opposite page: Panoramic views of the teton range have been maximized at every opportunity including in the dining room where traditional family furniture is showcased in a warm contemporary space.120 Big Sky Journal HOME 121
ity than a traditional home with view-limiting Superbly crafted by Stewart Construction Services of gable roofs and tighter design caveats.” And the Jackson, the whole is ingeniously designed around four ‘pods’ antique furniture? The juxtaposition works per- (guest house, entry tower, public area, master suites), positioned fectly in a seamless marriage of old-meets-new, along the curved contours of the land, and joined by connecting the interface between the honeyed maple floor- corridors. With an angular difference of 45 degrees, the upper- ing and the dark-legged pieces meets a stunning level views feature Mount Glory (from the guest house) and the collection of generations-old rugs and runners. Cathedral Group (from the master bedroom), the central parts Modern design, in the shape of an electric eleva- of the range being enjoyed from the public area, its substantial tor in the entry tower — which mimics a fire deck, and the entry tower. look-out — with large windows on all sides, even Agoraphobics beware! The master shower’s vast clear facilitated the task of moving-in the furniture and window threatens to launch one, hawk-like, out over the appliances. tree-tops and on to the distant Wyoming valleys and peaks. Meanwhile, from the rear south-facing kitchen window, a Left: massive battered stone fireplace with custom steel reverse curve in the roof (which the family has nicknamed: surround anchors the living room. star Dancer clues are the Gelande, or ski jump) lifts an eave, bringing more intimate discovered throughout the home. Below: the kitchen bar accommodates informal meals while the tangerine tile back- enjoyment of the close-in flora and fauna, and the skyline of the splash converses with the dining room beyond. the detailing butte immediately above. is clean, yet warm.122 Big Sky Journal HOME 123
The materials, in combination, marry the balance of elegant formality to the ingrained organic elements of living out West. With design-rich barrel roofs; sweeping ceilings of curved storage cubbies and benches set-up for serious partakers of ski- and interconnected laminate beams; raised plates and lakes of ing, mountain-biking and all manner of outdoor sports offered glass; the pods’ distinctive upper levels project an artistic yet by this Rocky Mountain lifestyle. Equally, industrial strength substantial, Modern yet enduring superstructure. This, in turn, laundry, boiler and mechanical rooms line the south-facing is carried by a no-nonsense lower level with fort-strong, bat- walls in further testament to the intent and longevity of this tered limestone walls, and the only level of the home that is dug family domain. into the hillside at the rear. It was most important to both Hoyt Intentionally, there’s not a full kitchen in the lower level, and the owners that site disturbance be kept to a minimum. which requires that dinners be eaten en famille in the splendid Whilst the upper level, the domain of the elders, speaks red-walled dining area upstairs — a desire of the owners. of fine and tranquil living, of order and organization amongst This love flows throughout the house — there is a saying on exquisite furnishings; the lower level is a fully-contained sum- a cushion that reads: “If you ever leave me — I’m going with mer camp-like collection of rooms in two separate apartments you.” And there is love in the home’s name: Star Dancer — a for immediate family. There’s a super-cool ship-like bunk room reference to a passage in The Little Prince — which memori- for eight kids, three en-suite bedrooms for adults, a billiard alizes a lost daughter, and allows her to be with her family room with a great stone fireplace, and a true locker-room with — every day. H Paradigm v2 ARCHITECTS From conventional design-only architectural services, to project varied experience to make projects into a reality with a complete start 125 1/2 West Main Missoula, MT 59802 tel: 406.549.6120 www.paradigmv2.com124