A good architect understands the importance of meeting the client’s requirements and of directing him on a path that will offer great results while also being efficient and practical from other points of view. Christopher Architecture and Interiors is a team that always strives to create designs that directly address the individual and this is one of their most successful projects in that sense.
This is a weekend retreat that the architects built in Jasper, US, on a remote site with rocky terrain, steep cliffs and, most important of all, unobstructed views of the water and mountains that surround it. The house is facing North and sits on the edge of a cliff, with a facade made entirely of glass and extraordinary views from every room.
The client wanted this to be a relaxing retreat and a good place to recharge the batteries, away from the city, noise and pollution, in the middle of nature and surrounded by inspiring views and freshness. The architects made sure to make the views the focal point of every single room in the house. They did that by giving the social areas fully glazed facades and by keeping the interior decor minimalist and void of any artwork or eye-catching accessories.
The entryway is very welcoming, featuring farmhouse-style influences. It leads into a volume divided in two sections. The bedrooms which need more privacy are placed around the entry and the public spaces are positioned towards the back of the site so they can capture and most impressive views.
There’s definitely a bit of drama involved in the design, despite its simplicity and lack of decorative elements. It’s all due to the views which are almost overwhelming. They’re the focus on every room and they’re the main source of color for the interior decor. They can be admired from inside the house since both the living areas and the bedrooms have large windows that let them in and layouts that make the most of the surroundings. In addition, there’s also a series of outdoor areas which are meant to be multifunctional and to serve as transition spaces. They’re the perfect spots from where to admire the views and to relax while also enjoying the fresh air, the gentle breeze, the sun’s caress and the soothing noises made by nature.