lake|flato architects, san antonio
Lake|Flato Architects kept two regional precedents in mind when designing this Montana getaway. The earth-sheltered sod houses of the Great Plains pioneers intrigued them, as did the classic wooden barn. “We try to take notice of how people lived on the land before,” says David Lake, FAIA.
He and fellow design team members Bill Aylor, AIA, and Trey Rabke opted to stretch the house along its dramatic site, nestling the sleeping quarters into a hillside to protect it from sun and wind. Similarly, a separate guesthouse/garage is carved into the earth. Between these two hunkered-down, sod-roofed elements lies the home’s main public space, a barnlike building with a porch at either end. It holds a kitchen, living room, and dining room, and oversized glass sliding doors let the owners open it up to the site when the weather allows.
“The house fits the landscape extremely well,” said a judge. “I love the way it addressed the climate.”
design team: David Lake, FAIA, Bill Aylor, AIA, Trey Rabke, Lake|Flato Architects, www.lakeflato.com
general contractor: Ron Adams, Jared Brown, Yellowstone Traditions, Bozeman, Mont., www.yellowstonetraditions.com
interior designer: Madeline Stuart, Madeline Stuart & Associates, Los Angeles
project size: 4,055 square feet
site size: Withheld
construction cost: Withheld
photography: David Lake, FAIA, Lake|Flato Architects
bathroom and kitchen cabinets: Yellowstone Traditions www.yellowstonetraditions.com; bathroom fittings: Brasstech www.newportbrass.com, Hansgrohe www.hansgrohe-usa.com, Waterworks www.waterworks.com; bathroom fixtures: Julien www.julien.ca, TOTO USA www.totousa.com; dishwasher, oven/range, refrigerator: Viking Range Corp. www.vikingrange.com; doors, windows: Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors www.dynamicwindows.com; flooring (ceramic tile/stone/concrete): MS Building Services www.msconcrete.com; garbage disposer: In-Sink-Erator www.insinkerator.com; hardware: Rocky Mountain Hardware www.rockymountainhardware.com; insulation: Icynene www.icynene.com; kitchen fittings: Blanco www.blancoamerica.com, The Chicago Faucet Co. www.chicagofaucets.com; kitchen fixtures: Elkay USA www.elkay.com, Julien www.julien.calighting fixtures: Alkco Lighting www.alkco.com, BEGA/US www.bega-us.com, Belfer Group www.belfergroup.com, B-K Lighting www.bklighting.com, Circa Lighting www.circalighting.com, Columbia Lighting www.columbialighting.com, Crescent/Stonco www.stoncolighting.com, d'ac Lighting www.daclighting.com, Lighting Services Inc www.lightingservicesinc.com, Lucifer Lighting Co. www.luciferlighting.com, Winona Lighting (Windirect) www.winonalighting.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore & Co. www.benjaminmoore.com; roofing: American Hydrotech www.hydrotechusa.com; washer/dryer: Whirlpool Corp. www.whirlpool.com