Private Estate

  • A residence and private avant-garde art collection are sited on a magnificent 1,400-acre site along a secluded river valley. The careful siting creates a sequence of surprise and discovery as the natural landscape envelopes each building's mass, leaving only their bold facades exposed. Much like masks and in the historic tradition of western frontier towns, where buildings' facade planes extend well above the principal volume of the structures, these ivy-covered trellis facades support colonnades of wind-bracing rustic logs. Atop each log is a gilded capital, matching the building's bronze cornice and capturing the lingering reflections of the setting sun.
  • The residence's inwardly curving facade protects two floors of bedrooms, living spaces, garages, a pool and library, while the art gallery's outwardly curving facade defines a large exhibition space, sculpture garden and art storage. The associate architects for the project were James Hoffmann and Jay Kirby.

project information

location:   Montana, USA
client:   Withheld at owner's request
cost:   $1.70M
date:   1991
area:   16,000 sq ft