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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Fish Creek Compound Guest House in Wilson, Wyoming by Carney Logan Burke Architects

 
March 21st, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Carney Logan Burke Architects

This 950 square foot guesthouse is the first phase of a master plan for a 5-acre sloping wooded property owned by the architect and his wife in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The design was intended to immerse the owners in the experience of the forest both visually and aurally. Through its siting near a stream that provides the sound of rushing water, and large windows that open the intimately scaled rooms to the outside, the house creates the feeling of actually being in the woods.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

In keeping with its setting and a reductive sensibility, the house is a simple rectangle oriented on an east-west axis that mediates between the forest on three sides and the stream and a clearing to the north. A detached garage set among a stand of mature fir trees completes the composition. Within the compact plan limited by zoning to 1,000 square feet, are a bedroom and bath at the east and west ends of the house separated by a glass-enclosed central living room containing a small, but fully equipped galley kitchen.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

A disciplined use of materials gives cohesion to this small outbuilding, with cedar shingles and bonderized steel on the exterior and white oak floors, doors and millwork on the inside. Small bedrooms with large corner windows heighten the effect of truly living in the woods. Outdoor decks take advantage of the stream on the north and dappled sunlight on the south.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

The wooded site ruled out any active solar systems, but it is passively heated with the large south facing windows, and supplemental heat is provided by a wood burning stove in the central room. The structure is super-insulated frame construction with simple shed roofs on both house and garage.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

The landscape design integrates the house into the site by preserving mature aspen and firs, and using boulders excavated during the construction process for retaining walls and a dry wash to divert the spring runoff.

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

Image Courtesy © Matthew Millman

Image Courtesy Carney Logan Burke Architects

Image Courtesy Carney Logan Burke Architects

Image Courtesy Carney Logan Burke Architects

Image Courtesy Carney Logan Burke Architects

Image Courtesy Carney Logan Burke Architects

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