Modern luxury comes in the shape of self-sustainable, highly contemporary design adapted to the specific zone where the structure is located. To exemplify this idea, architectural practice Arch11 showcase a project from their portfolio – a private 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom retreat in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Known as the Lodgepole Retreat, this luxury alpine retreat was built for a couple who wanted a contemporary place to spend their vacations and weekends.
Friendly to the environment, as well as a great asset to the owners’ well-being, the modern mountain retreat merges an open floor plan with the surrounding nature: “The single roof plane efficiently manages the snowfall at 9000’ above sea level while serving as a platform for the 10kw photovoltaic system that, along with an electric boiler, an air to air heat exchanger, and LED lighting, allows this house to operate at net zero energy use each year.” Framed views from behind floor-to-ceiling windows offer inspiring natural panoramas from 9,000 feet above sea level.
“The living plane is elevated above the ground on a poured-in place concrete pedestal to heighten the experience of floating above the meadow. Floor to ceiling glass offers occupants an almost cinematic experience of the diurnal rhythm of the earth. The home’s geometric clarity, uncluttered sensibility and transparency provide the synthesis with nature that the homeowners desired.”