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THE RANCHERO in Mazama, Washington by CAST architecture
April 2nd, 2015 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: CAST architecture
Nestled at the edge of a sub alpine meadow in the upper Methow Valley, the Ranchero is a base camp for year round outdoor adventure and a social h ub for gatherings of friends and family.
The plan emphasizes simplicity, abundant natural light and a strong connection to the surrounding peaks and adjacent aspen grove. The public wing features an open floor plan with an expansive patio that sets the stage for relaxation and socializing. The deep veranda, oversized entry and ski wax room provide family and guests a functional landing zone between activities. The private wing offers a master suite with an extra day bed, a ship’s berth inspired bunkroom, and peaceful getaway nooks.
A simple material pallet focuses on highly durable, low maintenance solutions such as Cor-ten steel siding, aluminum clad windows and a concrete skirt that protects the structure’s base during the winter snow pack and spring snow melt cycle. Mild steel and integrally colored fiber cement panels clad the interior walls for a durable, paint free finish. Crisp white aluminum ceiling panels reflect light into the home and help blur the line between the indoors and outdoors. The home features regionally crafted custom finish details, casework and furnishings throughout.
The home is designed to take advantage of passive solar heat gain in the winter while minimizing solar heat gain in the summer. Built at a modest scale with super insulated walls and ceilings, energy efficient windows and systems, the home is intended to minimize energy consumption. Low VOC finishes, concrete floors, and a heat recovery ventilator insure clean and healthy air.
A balance of rugged materials, a simple plan and clean lines help focus this mountain retreat on the place, people and adventures.
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