Super 3 Studio designs a new home on Boulder’s Mapleton Hill. Boulder, Colorado, has a history that encompasses both gold and silver mining, and higher education dating from the 1850’s. Early on local businesses supplied miners, while the city established University of Boulder. Businessmen and academics alike were drawn to one of the first well maintained neighborhoods: Mapleton Hill. Historically, Boulder has attracted young talented architects who are drawn to the city’s natural beauty, academic opportunities and favorable business environment. Authored by several of these designers, Mapleton Hill today boasts an eclectic assemblage of impressive mansions, sited along a majestic double lane boulevard. Occupying a corner residential site, the projects’ neighbors are a collection of grand homes dating from 1850’s through 1940’s. When the opportunity came to propose a design on this prominent site, located in an area with so much history, we wanted capture the creativity and energy that influenced the neighborhood, while creating a symbol of its own time. Using straightforward materials in an unusual fashion was one technique employed to express this idea. Massing, and siting is based on taking advantage of sun angles, and achieving an intimate relationship between interior and exterior space. Informed by geographical location and landscape, the building blurs the line between outside an inside. Boulder is at the forefront of the environmental movement, and the project contributes to this. The shape of the building was the result of sight lines and sun angles, producing the planes and intersections defining the design. Texturing the envelope was kept to a minimum: a rain screen of expanded metal for solid walls and roofs, and a narrow line steel window wall for the openings. The expanded metal stretched over the entire volume preserves a sense of malleability and softness to the sculpted form. Large, aggressively angled windows rise up into the tall spaces capturing changing light patterns The interior design concept is two fold: to allow the distinction between exterior and interior to fade away, along with a literal black and white dialogue between public and private realms. Clad in dark stained teak, the cathedral like living room, connects directly to the exterior deck. The wall opposite the glazing brings the expanded metal inside, painted red to differentiate the exterior from the interior. The kitchen is designed as background, in a minimalist approach with all stainless steel cabinets and counter tops and floating upper cabinets mounted on a glass partition. Private spaces beyond the living room are kept in a simple, predominantly white finish of polished skim coat plaster and anigre woodwork, as a calming counterpoint to the living area. Landscaping around the building draws on the great the variety of Boulder’s natural environment and focuses on sustainability. A base ground plane of locally sourced gravels is covered with cactuses, desert grasses and ground covers. In addition, new trees matching those found in the neighborhood are introduced. Bamboo hedges are employed around the site as privacy screens.