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Yellowstone Residence by Stuart Silk Architects

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Designed by Stuart Silk Architects in 2018, Yellowstone Residence is a 6,100-sqft (567-sqm) house perched at 8,100 feet (2,470 meters) on a mountainside in the Madison Range of Montana, USA.

The exterior of the house is a composition of core-ten steel and board-formed concrete – materials which metaphorically embrace the harshness of the site and its immediate environment. The building is organized by a massive concrete wall which cleaves the house and extends into the landscape to the north and south. Approached alongside the wall, the entrance is carved between the wall and a faceted perpendicular concrete volume which recalls the boulders strewn about the site. The wall extends thru the living room, where it directs the view across a timbered valley, directly toward the 9,800’ summit of Pioneer Mountain and the sky itself. The core-ten was selected to merge the home with the rocky soil becoming an outgrowth of its site.

One enters the upper floor of this two-story home. The principal spaces are the 15-foot tall living room flanked by the 11-foot tall volumes containing the kitchen/dining room to the west and by the master bedroom suite to the east. The lower floor contains the entertainment room, three guest suites, and a bunk room. To maintain privacy the home is nearly opaque on the entry side of the building except for a tall narrow slot of glass in the faceted concrete and a two-sided projecting corner window that provides views to the north and east from the master bathroom. The two ceiling heights modulates the composition and is a subliminal reminder of the hierarchical structure of the surrounding mountains.

— Stuart Silk Architects

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Photographs by Aaron Leitz; Whitney Kamman
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