Gammel Dam is a modern family retreat inspired by the rugged simplicity and warmth of Scandinavian mountain cabins and their natural environments. The project explores the connection of architecture to site by crafting distinct relationships between the natural landscape and built forms.
The site is a gently sloping hillside with an intact aspen, oak, and sage ecosystem. The goals were to minimize site disturbance, preserve a stand of mature spruce trees, and create a house which engaged the immediate landscape as well as maximize mountain views.
Orienting the residence on an east/west axis creates passive solar heating capabilities and also captures views to the South of Snowmass.
Individual program elements are pulled apart, allowing them to adapt to the sloping site. Unifying the elements, a singular sloped roof parallels natural grade, reinforcing the relationship to the topography. The landscape flows beneath the roof and between building elements, creating covered outdoor spaces. At these locations, interior spaces extend into the landscape, layering together the experience of site and architecture.