Wildcat Ridge Residence

America has many spectacular sites but this property is unique among them. The site is located at an elevation of 9,200 feet and had already been excavated for a discontinued residential project. The design incorporates three major elements responding to its spectacular site: a dramatic folded plate roof, an immense moss rock wall marking the division between the east and west wings of the building, and large expanses of exterior glass. The transparency of the building allows for maximum views of the surrounding mountains without competing with their scale. The design evolved by following the longitudinal parallel of the crest of the mountain with the public rooms, study, and master bedroom oriented west toward dramatic views. The guest bedrooms have an eastern orientation with views of the receding mountain ranges. Its renewable energy source is sixty geothermal wells, such that it virtually functions independently of outside support services. The wells heat the driveway, pool, and house during the coldest winter months and cool during the summer without depleting fossil fuels. The house is two hundred feet in length.

Design Principal:
Bartholomew Voorsanger
Lead Design:
Masayuki Sono, Martin Stigsgaard
Management/Design:
Elizabeth McClure, Omar Renteria
Design Team:
Chieko Takahashi, Lucy Fang
Photography:
Thomas Damgaard, Paul Warchol, Paul Bardagjy