Designed by renowned architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, this extraordinary home sits high above Castle Creek on a 20-acre site overlooking the natural splendor of Conundrum Valley. Unfortunately, the surrounding landscape was never completed and the site was left severely disturbed and functionally compromised. Bluegreen collaborated with the owners and the design team to restore the landscape while establishing a series of compellingly communicative exterior ?rooms? to accommodate an active family.
To eloquently connect the architecture to the landscape, the architectural program is thoughtfully extended without losing sight of the larger, long-term desires to enhance ecological integrity. Lines and materials, massings of hardy and native alpine plants and the inclusion of intimate outdoor rooms adjacent to the residence create a holistic site where the landscape and the home are inextricably connected. This design collaboration ultimately fashions a landscape that is refined in its aesthetic yet responsible in its site stewardship.
The outdoor rooms are unique programmatically, much like the rooms of the residence. The north-facing courtyard and water feature function as a quiet and contemplative private space and connect directly to the living room and library. The south-facing terraces, which look out over the scenic Conundrum Valley, function as the primary outdoor social spaces for dining and lounging. Here, a variety of elements?walls clad in limestone and floors of bluestone, an outdoor fireplace and massings of perennials and grasses?reference the architecture and reinforce the social programming of the terraces.
Combined with a robust, multi-year effort to restore the surrounding aspen grove and mountain meadow, the landscape at Lines on Castle Creek is evidence of the inherent beauty of restrained design that is grounded in a commitment to ecological resilience.