The Gregory Creek House is located in a copse of trees along the green corridor of Gregory Creek in Boulder, at the base of the Flatirons. The design concept grew from close collaboration with the client and group design sessions. The metaphor of a cluster of mushrooms appeared early on as a way of describing a home intended as a safe retreat, tucked under the trees and emerging from the soil.
The dynamic roofline expresses this feeling of reaching or growth and provides a protective canopy for the layers underneath. The roof is created by two expansive planes, with ridges oriented at 45 degree angles to the squares of the footprint. The volumes of the home are informed by these planes, with an interior layout responsive to the angled ceiling heights. The layers of the home also share a relationship to the trees and landscape, with an upper level at branch/foliage level and a bottom level that rises, on cantilevers, from the ground. Steel moment frames define the structure of the home, with wood framing providing in-fill.
The home is highly customized, reflecting the homeowners’ intention to “age in place,” and with special consideration for their many family pets.
The living area of the home is ~2,200 sq ft, with an additional 950 sq ft in the ADU basement apartment. The home is highly energy-efficient and contains a 3.15 kilowatt solar photovoltaic (PV) array.
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