Nestled into the south side of a high desert hill, the Salida House is protected from northwest winds, secluded from the neighborhood, and soaks up all the southern sun Colorado has to offer.
Located just 1 mile outside of Salida, Colorado, the home feels like a rural sanctuary despite its location within a medium-density neighborhood. Using the site's hilly terrain as a barrier from neighboring structures, the house opens up to private views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the south, and Big Horn Sheep Canyon to the east. A detached garage structure embedded into the hillside provides a periscope-like view of the Collegiate Peaks to the west from the second level artist workshop.
The house and garage mimick each other with an embedded concrete base and metal-clad spaces above. The concrete, dyed to match the local soil and left exposed, and the metal left to rust will allow the home to gain layers of textural beauty with age. Designed for a couple who never plan to stop creating, the organization of space encourages creativity, play, and relaxation. With 3 main zones each dedicated to sleep, living, and making, the owners will move through exposed connectors to transition between tasks throughout the day. A glassy walkway between the bedroom and living space introduces a gentle exposure to nature, while the outdoor walk to the detached garage and workshop forces an experience of all senses in all weather.