There’s a two-storey mountain retreat somewhere in Jackson Hole, Wyoming which doesn’t look like any of the other structures in the area. The Teton House was designed by studio Olson Kundig and stands out from other similar structures in more than one way. It consists of a lower level with a garage unit and a stone wall and an upper section clad in wood.
What immediately stands out is the fact that the large windows of the house feature big wooden shutters. But that’s not necessarily unusual. However, the fact that these shutters are operable via a pulley system installed inside is quite interesting. This was the way in which the architects chose to adapt the house to its mountainous surroundings and to make it fitting for this popular tourist destination. The large shutters are able to open up the house and connect it to its beautiful surroundings by revealing a series of views towards the forest but they can also offer complete privacy and protection against the elements.
This area is known for its beautiful landscape and it encourages locals and tourists to enjoy a variety of sports and outdoor activities. In that sense, this house has been designed with a cut out at the back which creates a covered hallway that allows skiers to easily come and go. Other related features include a large storage room with lots of shelving, drawers and pegs for various equipment and sporting gear. As for the rest of the house, its social areas including the kitchen, dining room and living space are positioned on the ground floor for easy access.
Down here there’s also a guest bedroom and below there’s a home theatre with lounge seating and a big screen, a wine storage room and a bike shop. The upper floor houses three additional bedrooms as well as the master suite. A detached guest house with a similar design offers an additional small kitchen, a combined living and sleeping area and a bathroom. Both structures feature a modern aesthetic and aim to blend in with their natural surroundings.