Gammel Dam by CCY Architects embraces rugged setting in Colorado's Rocky Mountains - architecture and design

Gammel Dam by CCY Architects embraces rugged setting in Colorado's Rocky Mountains



Wooden cladding and large stretches of glass form the facades of this residence by CCY Architects, which is angled downward to follow the gentle slope of the terrain.
Designed for a couple, the Gammel Dam house is located in Colorado's Pitkin County, near the rural community of Snowmass.

The dwelling sits on a 12-acre (five-hectare) site dotted with sagebrush and scrub oak, along with aspen and spruce trees. Currently used as a vacation home, the dwelling will be occupied by the owners year-round in the future.
Engaging the landscape and providing space for entertaining guests were key goals for Cottle Carr Yaw (CCY) Architects, a studio based in the nearby town of Basalt.

In addition to the area's topography, the design was informed by a simple cabin in Norway, where the husband and his relatives had gathered for decades. Encompassing 4,942 square feet (459 square metres), the building consists of a main dwelling and a guest wing, which are connected by an enclosed bridge. The home stretches along an east-west axis to prioritise views of the surrounding mountains and the Snowmass Creek Valley.
Rather than a single mass, the team created a series of boxy volumes that are united by a continuous, angled roof.

"Individual programme elements are physically pulled apart, allowing them to adapt to the existing landform," the studio said in a description.
"Unifying these separated elements is a singular, sloped roof that parallels the natural grade, further reinf...
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