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Cloud House

Ideas rose in clouds; I felt them collide until pairs interlocked, so to speak, making a stable combination.

- Henri Poincare

Site
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.

Concept
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.

Design Team:
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.

www.axismundi.com

©2012 Axis Mundi Design LLC

 
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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Lizard Head Pass, Colorado

 
Living Area
Living Area
From Kitchen
From Kitchen
Study
Study
Bedroom
Bedroom
Rear deck
Rear deck
Model from above
Model from above
Model from below
Model from below
Model from south
Model from south
Floor plan
Floor plan
Circulation
Circulation
Exploded
Exploded

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