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The Singletree Residence Location: Edwards, CO Completed: 2010 berglundarchitects.com
01 The exterior of the home shows numerous outdoor patios on both the upper and lower levels. 02 At dusk, the Moritz Residence is intimately lit, which shows off its wooden beam structure.
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A fresh take on design inspired by rugged landscape by Amy Howell Hirt
Throughout his professional life, Hans Berglund has introduced himself to new environments. After growing up on the East Coast and attending Cornell University in New York, he headed west, to work for a large architectural firm in San Francisco, where he designed large commercial buildings. Seeking a small firm where he could try his hand at residential work, Berglund moved to Aspen, CO. There, he fell in love with the possibilities of designing in the mountains, and put down roots in the Vail Valley, where he has introduced a fresh architectural style to the established environment. “Most of the homes available in Vail are pretty traditional,” Berglund says. “It’s very hard to find a good modern one.” Based in Edwards, CO, Berglund Architects, LLC creates timeless designs that acknowledge the company’s setting as well as its place in clients’ lives. “For a lot of our clients, these homes really
are heirlooms they see passing on to their children and grandchildren,” Berglund says. “Usually, it’s something people had a dream or vision of for a long time.” For most, that vision did not include the traditional Austrian and lodge-style architecture that dominates the area.“The traditional Austrian architecture was imported here in the 1960’s. For the first 30 years, that inspired the architecture. But now many people want something more sophisticated,” Berglund says. Particularly over the past ten years, Berglund has seen a groundswell of interest from people seeking clean-lined--but not sterile--environments. They may have relocated from an urban area or appreciate modern design, or have furnishings and tastes that would be hard to reconcile with quaint Austrian style, log or overly rustic architecture. “My clients are much more interested in doing something that has rich, natural materials juxtaposed with cleaner lines and bigger volumes,” he says.
Berglund’s style, which he calls “modern mountain,” unites the home with the natural and built environment surrounding it. Inside and out, the lines and materials are simple. Berglund keeps to essential elements that won’t detract from the beauty of the setting or offend the nearby architecture. Wideplank wood flooring typically flows into stone, and the unadorned, industrial-scale windows usually have basic wood or metal casing and little drapery to separate the design from the great outdoors.
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03 A spa-like atmosphere is created through the rich yet subdued Zen material palette in the bathroom which includes reclaimed beams, white washed wood ceiling and floating contemporary wood vanity cabinets. 04 Reclaimed beams are supported by steel ridge beam in the master bedroom. Large windows capture the dramatic views.
05 Wide plank Oak flooring contrasts the steel railing and the steel ridge beam supports reclaimed wood beams. 06 The kitchen opens to the dining room, over which hangs wooden beams.
Moritz Residence While the master suite of the residence is housed in the other wing on the first floor, the children have a slumber party-friendly lowerlevel, complete with four bunk beds built into an alcove, a play room and a covered outdoor space with a hot tub and ping-pong table. On the main floor, interior design firm Slifer Designs incorporated neutral materials like European wide-plank oak flooring and “industrial” steel railings to create a “harmonious background” for the family’s eclectic mix of furniture. On the exterior of the home, a 6.4-kilowatt solar panel installation is one of the few signs that hint at the home’s “Greeness,” and its certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. Gabled roofs on the two wings of the home reflect the traditional style of other homes in the neighborhood and complement the Old-World “buttered stone” finish and reclaimed and re-milled wood siding. architects
07 Accordion doors allow the dining and kitchen to open out to the covered outdoor dining/private courtyard, while large sliding doors allow the living room to open out to a covered seating area on the south west side. 08 Off to one side of the dining area is a built-in stone fireplace and the home’s seating area. 09 The covered outdoor dining area shows views to the courtyard. 10 The U-shaped courtyard forms an outdoor room, which has a rich palette of materials and design elements including the quartzite patio, refined steel railings, wood burning stone fireplace.
For a recent project—The Moritz Residence—the family wanted a modern home in a neighborhood that had to be open and dynamic, but also had to function for everyday life with four kids on an acre-size lot. “They wanted the architecture to be a backdrop for how they live,” Berglund says. Given the proximity of their neighbors, private spaces for the family to relax and the kids to play
was crucial, so Berglund started with a U-shaped design that aligned the home around a quiet courtyard. The dining room, kitchen and living room encompass one open wing of the house, which can connect to the courtyard via glass walls. An exterior that appears to blend in with the interior is a specialty of Berglund’s. In every project, Berglund gives a nod to an area’s vernacular style through sloped or gabled roofs and heavy, stoneclad fireplaces, but incorporates distinctively modern, industrial touches, such as the exposed steel beams that are needed to support deep overhangs and protect the home against the area’s substantial snowfalls. “It’s more economical to expose the steel instead of trying to hide it, and it brings honesty to the design,” he says. Given the ideal climate and spectacular views of a mountain home, the indoor/outdoor connection is always an important design consideration, which Berglund frequently answers with open floor plans, walls of glass that disappear in accordion folds or pocket walls, and landscaping that flirts between manicured and wild, with wide fields of wildflowers and grasses leading to the doorstep. “Most landscapes we do are ‘enhanced nature,’” Berglund says. “We try to connect the client directly to the natural environment, physically and psychologically.”
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