embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming

embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming

CLB architects completes a contemporary and warm dwelling, dubbed ‘riverbend,’ along the snake river near wyoming‘s grand teton national park. the house nestles against the river, which forms the north and west perimeter of an 18-acre wooded property that features dramatic mountain views to the north through a veil of cottonwood trees. a careful study of the relationship between the site, river, and mountain views beyond led the architects to elevate the main floor of the 6,257-square-foot house six feet above the natural ground plane. the result is architecture that engages with its riverine and mountain setting.

CLB architects riverbend
images by matthew millman, unless otherwise stated

 

 

CLB architects surrounds the main house and guest house of its riverbend house with a south-facing deck and a grove of aspen trees. resting on bases of board-formed concrete, the house is wrapped in low-maintenance steel plate as protection from the harsh climate and to provide simple fire resistance. large overhangs shelter deep-set niches which are wrapped in cedar and feature floor-to-ceiling glazing. exterior decks connect the main house to the guest house and further unify the design. the main house features a double-height, glazed entry that projects toward the driveway approach. on the river side, a protected deck runs the length of the house, rising to the second story on the east. this multipurpose outdoor space serves as an extension of the living room, dining, and kitchen, and provides access to the river via a series of platforms that descend to grade.

CLB architects riverbend

 

 

designing riverbend, the team at CLB architects makes use of a minimalist material palette to balance toughness and warmth. the large expanses of cedar siding are interrupted with vertical cedar fins that add texture and shadows, which change throughout the day. over time, the steel will develop a patina — ultimately the building will exchange its black shell for a rusty one, further integrating into the site.

CLB architects riverbend

 

 

toward the interior, cedar walls and ceilings convey a cozy richness throughout CLB architects’ riverbend. board-formed concrete masses anchor the entry and living spaces and bookend the open-plan living area. the concrete floor on the main level and beech flooring on the upper level complement the cedar and add an informal and comfortable feel to the expansively glazed spaces. while texture and color reflecting the personality of the client are introduced in interior furnishings, the overall restraint of the architectural palette creates a built experience that has the feel of a quiet platform set amidst the trees.

CLB architects riverbend CLB architects riverbend CLB architects riverbend CLB architects riverbend

CLB-architects-riverbend-jackson-wyoming-designboom-015

CLB architects integrates large, full-height glazing to introduce natural sunlight.

CLB architects riverbend embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming embracing the grand tetons, CLB architects brings contemporary architecture to wyoming
image by tom harris

 

 

project info:

 

project title: riverbend

architecture: CLB architects

CLB architects team: eric logan, principal; kevin burke, principal ; bryan james, project manager; leo naegele, project coordinator; libby erker, interiors

interior design: CLB architects

contractor: peak builders

landscape: hershberger design

civil engineer: nelson engineering

structural engineer: KL&A

mechanical engineer: JM engineers

electrical engineer: helius lighting group

geotechnical engineer: jorgensen geotechnical

lighting: helius lighting group

photography: matthew millman, tom harris

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

designboom will always be there for you

milan, new york, beijing, tokyo,  since 1999
X
5