Set into a dramatic slope and comfortably nestled amidst dense trees next to a deep arroyo, the Santa Fe Guest House feels at once completely open to the landscape, and at the same time snug and sheltering.
In this case, the term “guest house” is only being used loosely. An important part of our client’s vision was that it feel like a true stand-alone home, with its own integrity and a true sense of privacy.
A simple, elemental structure emerging out of the landscape, the house is dramatic and yet quiet at the same time, with one side a solid, uninterrupted concrete wall.
All of the primary rooms feel completely open to the landscape, and a subtle palette of materials, featuring concrete, limestone, zinc, and walnut visually connect the home to the surrounding terrain.
In spite of the overall small size of the structure, the living areas were designed to feel spacious and gracious, with the furnishings properly scaled to afford open and accessible views of the breathtaking vistas.
Light and integration of the outdoors and indoors plays a role in even the most hidden of spaces, bringing a sense of openness and connectivity between the house and its setting.
The objective of creating the perfect small house required functional spaces, such as the kitchen, to be compact yet highly efficient..
The home’s overall concept of being sculptural on the public side and intimate on the private side resonates clearly in the small, cozy bedroom, where the desire for a view with yet a feeling of seclusion is achieved.