The Collins residence features a 180 degree view of the Cities of Boulder, Denver, Longmont as well as the plains. The solution settles the home into the steep slope, while protecting the very special natural rock formations. Dr. Collins wanted a modern "organic" home with a free form feeling, but with a strong underlying structure. The design which evolved is a two level "organic" structure with a round central atrium from which three, large diamond-shaped petals radiate. Each petal module contains a particular major function of the home. Each petal module has a separate roof, which looks like an up-turned leaf.
Located in the Cherry Creek Country Club, this private home is designed with origins to the English Country House of the 19th Century. The home features a formal, symmetrical entry side and a less formal more open garden side. The predominant exterior materials are field stone with dressed limestone trim, slate tiles for the roof and copper gutters and downspouts. The house is laid out with the principle rooms on the main floor, including the master suite which features separate ‘his and hers’ bathrooms. A sleekly curved wood stair, three guest suites, a home theatre, a private study / office and a walk-out garden level family room complete the remainder of this custom designed residence.
Based on 16th Century Italian precedents, such as Palladio's Villa Rotunda, this late 20th century prairie-style villa located on the plains near Denver, is used as a guest residence as well as an entertainment and party house. The owners, whose primary residence is on the same property, are involved in philanthropic efforts in the Denver area, and the structure is often used for fundraising events.
The focal point of the design is a large central room used for entertainment and as a living/dining room for guests. The room opens out in all four directions: South - to the front entrance and auto court; West - to the swimming pool; North - to the pond and grounds; and East - to the formal garden. In the Northwest corner of this room, adjacent to the exterior swimming pool, is a fountain/pool which displays pieces from the owners' anthracite crystal collection (some pieces from the collection are in the Denver Museum of Natural History).
Two wings extend out from the main room. The East Wing contains the powder and cloak rooms, guest bedroom suite and a detached garage for the owners' car collection. The West wing contains the kitchen, breakfast room, a games and TV area, an outdoor kitchen and eating area adjacent to the swimming pool, and an attached garage for guest cars, catering vehicles, etc.
The prairie-style architecture was selected for several reasons: the site is on the flat Colorado high plains prairie; the existing main residence is of similar style; and the family's wealth comes from grains produced on mid-western farm lands where prairie style first emerged.
This single family residence is located in an established neighborhood in east Denver. The design picks up on and extends the ranch-style design prevalent in the neighborhood and expresses itself as being a building of this time. The house is laid out with the public rooms (living/dining/kitchen/entertaining) all open to each other and located on the main floor. These rooms as well as a rear guest suite are enclosed within an "L" shaped stucco box that provides privacy from the street. On the back, the box is cut away and these rooms open invitingly to the yard.
This project afforded us the opportunity to design two new homes in an historic neighborhood. Rather than design historically re-created residences, the Denver Landmark Commission supported us and our clients' desire to create modern homes that clearly speak to today's architecture and 21st century design. Because two adjacent structures were to be designed, we were further challenged to create buildings which related not only to the neighborhood, but to each other in an interesting way. The residences were also designed to use 40% less energy than a code-compliant standard home in the Denver area. With energy-efficient windows, Structural Insulated Panel technology, and low-toxic, recycled and renewable interior materials (such as bamboo flooring rather than hardwood), both homes exceed the requirements of the Built Green Colorado program.
This very special teahouse, a remote retreat in the yard of a larger main house, responds to the phenomenal landscape design surrounding it by respecting the gardens and creating a balance between nature and shelter. The simplicity of the Japanese palette infuses the structure with a rich yet understated ambiance, and that simplicity is balanced with carefully crafted wood features, including Honduran mahogany floors, western red dear trim and paneling and lightly stained wood panel walls that balance the simplicity with richness and sophistication. The teahouse echoes the architectural vocabulary used in the residence structure and adds other, more traditional Japanese materials, such as plaster exterior walls and exterior shoji screens, that provides a Zen-like interior. Situated 100 feet from the main house via a granite bridge that appears to float across the pond, the 110-square foot structure presents the homeowners with a serene retreat that's ideal for relaxing.
Nestled in the Cherry Hills Country Club, this classic English Tudor-style inspired home, was designed to take advantage of the incredible views which surround it. OZ designed this 10,000 square foot home with the owner’s vision in mind. A unique feature of this home includes stacked rooms lining the front of the house, to take advantage of the wonderful views, and a corridor at the rear of the home, full of windows open to the backyard.
The home includes four bedrooms, seven bathrooms, a library, study, exercise room, wine cellar and expansion flexibility for future uses.
Located in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, is this unique and creative modern residence.OZ collaborated with the client, to design a sustainable and inspirational home based on geological elements and openness to the surrounding nature.The interiors design was inspired by the client’s vision for a fun, free and creative environment.
This unique home is situated in the Rocky Mountain foothills and surrounded by evergreen forest. The V-shape plan wraps along the two sloping sides of the site, allowing both sun exposure and expansive mountain views. The entrance is placed inside an enclosed garden court and opens into a hall/gallery. The ends of each wing are reserved for private sleeping quarters, allowing the heart of the house to act as a public area.
This residence incorporates both traditional materials and modern design elements to complement its commanding mountain setting. Stone construction, concrete slate tile roofing, and cylindrical stone turrets are juxtaposed with bold cantilevers and colonnades supporting wrap-around outdoor stairways. Inside, antiqued wood and limestone flooring contrast with the modern main stair - a steel spiral incorporating innovative circular horizontal balusters. Axial views of surrounding meadows, mountains, and the Boulder Valley are revealed from the elevated entry foyer and main living areas throughout the residence.
Construction for the Yale residence, located in Cherry Creek North, was completed in the Fall of 2005 and designed for the presentation and display of the owner's art collection and habitation. The building is a two-story with a basement, constructed with a wood frame and masonry veneer with some stucco exterior finish. At the entry, a 7-foot-wide by 67-foot-long gallery spans the length of the residence culminating at the largest piece of the owner's art. OZ Architect Jim Bershof designed the building employing a series of curved roof forms that lift up from the South to the North and open up to the wintertime sun. Automatic solar sun screens were integrated to diffuse the direct sun during the brightest days, and overhangs were designed to have the full Southern sun cut off between April and August. In addition to the Renaissance CSMU masonry units, it has a Standing Seam Copper Metal roof system, metal-clad wood windows and ebony-stained Walnut hardwood flooring.