axis mundi: cloud house axis mundi: cloud house
apr 11, 2012

axis mundi: cloud house

‘cloud house’ by axis mundi, lizard head pass, colorado all images courtesy of axis mundi

new york city-based practice axis mundi has designed the ‘cloud house’, a weekend residence positioned high upon the ridge of a plateau in lizard head pass, colorado. nestled within a grove of aspen trees, four oval pods are clustered side by side and oriented at different angles to overlook strategic vantage points. the transparent and curved exterior spans from the ground to the flat white roof, becoming nearly invisible during various times throughout the year.

separating the interior’s organization, each element contains a different room and openings to link them are placed where the walls overlap each other. a porous and smooth circulation is generated between the entry, kitchen and dining area, study and bedroom. two bathrooms are placed within the spaces, enclosed with round and solid partitions for privacy.

living room

view from the kitchen





aerial view of model

model within terrain


floor plan / level 0

view diagram

exploded axonometric

project info:

total area: 2200 sq. ft., 600 sq. ft. exterior deck major materials: steel structure, curved architectural glass, anodized aluminum, epoxy flooring, and wood decking design team: john beckmann, with jacob george renderings: jacob george diagrams and model: jacob george and jessica marvin

  • Locals will call it the ‘Rubbermaid House’ .. like living in kitchen containers. It’s striking however. The Aspens help.. Good one.

    Jim C. says:
  • So! Stanley Kubrick also built sets in Colorado! It makes me want to listen a waltz from Stauss …

    iBouc says:
  • The chairs in the bedroom turned towards the bed gives us an idea what the architect is all about. My only concern is that dreadful things will happen in this house.

    FUA says:
  • Unsuccessful attempt of Sanaa’s principles

    PUK says:
  • love the contrast in views

    would live there in an instant

    dbkii says:
  • very formal, aren’t ovals a thing of postmodernism? I completely agree with PUKs comment (“Unsuccessful attempt of Sanaa’s principles”) this feels half baked a too ambitious pseudo Sanaa and also a little like an average student design project…

    PETER says:
  • I have a hard time finding an entrance. call me old fashioned but if you live in a cold climate it is a must.

    EJMJr says:

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