GRANITE RIDGE SKI LODGE
Teton Village, Wyoming • 14,500 sq. ft.
Design Team: Kurt Dubbe, AIA; John Fabian, Mackenzie King, Nereida Ortiz
The owners purchased this property with the intention of building a vacation retreat in Jackson Hole. The family of five, all avid skiers and outdoors people, unanimously chose the site for its location at the confluence of two ski traverses in Teton Village.
This location presented some real challenges for the architect as the site was about 0.8 acres, ruled by strict Granite Ridge HOA guidelines, such as an eighteen month-building time frame, specific height and setback limits established by Teton County, and with national forest land on the north side. There was also a significant slope, and some very large mature trees that had to be carefully selected for removal.
Due to an evolving design program, it was key to having clients who were actively involved in the design and decision-making process process during the project. The contractor, Dembergh Construction, was selected as they are known for the quality of their work.
Overall, the plan is unpretentious with simple spaces, very good horizontal and vertical circulation. Its linear layout follows the topography closely. The basement level comprises of a six-car garage (three tandem bays), the entrance to the stairs that lead up, an elevator to the two other levels, a game room, a theater, a bunk room, a full bathroom, and an exercise room. On the first floor are four individual junior master suites, master bedroom suite, two offices, laundry and mechanical rooms, and a spacious ski room. The design of the second floor was done with the great views in mind, thus this is where the main areas are found: great room, library, dining room and kitchen. There are also a number of outdoor dedicated spaces: the spa at the lowest level, covered outdoor living with outdoor fireplace and dining, the mountain side with direct access from the kitchen and great room, and a small master bedroom deck accessed off the master bedroom through a circular stone tower.
A variety of wood species were used inside, quarter-sawn white oak, maple, cherry, and American black walnut, all coming from one of the owners’ various sources in Ohio. The large dining room table is a 16-foot long single piece of burled sapele, an African tropical wood.
The exterior is a harmony of materials: clear western red cedar, Douglas fir, and Montana moss rock. The front entry, steps and spa area are paved with New York blue stone, lending a tinge of contrasting blue to the whole design
In the end, this home came to be as a collaboration between all parties. We understood from the start our clients’ vision as a clean, simple, rational design, with highest quality products, and executed to the highest construction standards.