New York, NY
Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination.
- Henri Poincare
The Cloud House is a planned weekend retreat, which is situated on a promontory high along a ridge of the Colorado Plateau. The site offers panoramic views from numerous vantage points. The house is nestled in a grove of dramatic Aspen trees.
The design is a study in openness, transparency, lightness, and reflections. The house approaches near invisibility at certain times of the year. The floor plan is an abstract interpretation of a cumulus cloud shape transformed into a series of five rotated and elliptically shaped glass pods. The combined spaces have a softly nuanced suppleness based on the way the forms are hinged together. Each pod is an individual room having a distinct programmatic function. Room openings were created at the interstitial space where the pods meet. Interior doors have been reduced to a minimum. The overall design is a loose free-form assemblage which is informed by its unique relationship to the site, and offers an incomparable meeting place of earth and sky.
Programmatically the house contains an entry pod, kitchen/dining areas, bedroom/storage/bathroom, living area, and a study/bar/powder room. The spaces have a porous and smooth flow between one another which affords exceptional opportunities for living and entertaining.
Total Area: 2200 sq. ft., 600 sq. ft. exterior deck
Major Materials: Steel structure, curved architectural glass, anodized aluminum, epoxy flooring, and wood decking.
John Beckmann, with Jacob George
Renderings: Jacob George
Diagrams and model: Jacob George and Jessica Marvin
Axis Mundi is an interdisciplinary firm based in New York.
©2012 Axis Mundi Design LLC
Location: Lizard Head Pass, Colorado