HUMAN BEING ABODE

Residential Retreat   (Santa Fe, NM)
Design Development

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View from the northeast

A private residence on the peak of a six-acre site in north Santa Fe, New Mexico with panoramic views of the Rockies’ Sangre de Cristo Mountain range to the immediate east and to the distant north. 

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East Elevation

Oriented to the site’s main vistas, the project’s wood frame and stucco construction assembly is built onto a compass of concrete walls: a primary 122-foot long wall on the north-south axis and a perpendicular secondary wall on the east-west axis. 

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View of the formal dining area and pool patio from the outdoor covered grill area

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View of the kitchen and dining areas from the central stair

The residence is planned as a family reunion retreat destination, with almost 5,000 square feet of interior conditioned space containing six bedrooms, six-and-a-half bathrooms, and a large open-plan kitchen (with adjacent pantry), dining (formal and informal), and living space (with wet bar and double-height floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors).  Each of the six generous bed-bath suites have east- and/or north-facing views, with walk-in closets, double-sink vanities, separated toilet spaces, and varying additional amenities, including outdoor showers, and private balconies.  The two suites on the lower floor each have independent access points from the exterior. 

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West Elevation

From the western side of the building, there are also entry points on both upper and lower floors, and from a two-car garage on the ground. 

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Aerial view from the southeast

On the upper floor, in addition to four suites, there is a laundry room, mini wet bar and communal outdoor balcony that accesses the eastern landscape via spiral staircase.  In addition to a series of outdoor terraces — including a gathering hearth-space — a small lap pool is nestled into the east side of the site’s hill. 

View from the north

Calibrated to the site’s bare beige soil landscape scattered with small succulent shrubbery, the project has a material palette of pale millennial pink smooth stucco, soft grey concrete paneling, light birch woodwork, and sand-toned exterior tilework.  

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