One day, out of the blue, a client called our office and said “This is going to sound strange, but I want you to design a glass teepee, I’ll probably never build it, but I want to see what you come up with anyhow.” Dubbe Moulder Architects enthusiastically accepted the challenge and came up with the design presented on this page.
With further guidance from the client, DMA decided that the project would not be a full-blown house but a smaller guest house, located on the Teton River in Teton Valley, Idaho.
After the initial brainstorm it became clear that this project was, yes, interesting but also quite complicated as teepees do not typically have any vertical walls. But we moved forward, addressing this obstacle and creating a beautiful, habitable space.
Chris Moulder started with a basic teepee form and enclosed it in with glass instead of the typically used canvas. This space was to be the primary living room, dining room, kitchen, plus a second floor loft area. The bedroom and bathroom were planned to be in an adjoining, box-like structure, which would not be nearly as exposed. The roof of the bedroom wing features observation decks, providing many different levels to entertain and view the stunning landscape.
One of the main features of Native American living is how the community is often organized around a fire feature. DMA provided a central fireplace inside the teepee and also an outdoor fire pit on the patio.