This contemporary and natural Kern Residence with Japanese Gardens Sytle in Castle Pines, Colorado by Semple Brown Design. nestle into an existing 3-acre Japanese manicured garden, one of the key challenges was how to delicately place the house and its extensive program, within the steep narrow lot. the team developed a strong architectural linear composition. on the first floor, public living space extend onto the patios and push forward into the existing garden while quest and supports spaces nestle into the existing hillside on the opposite end. the main entry way is surrounded by a warm palette of material chosen deliberately to accentuate the horizontal tie into the landscape while minimizing the scale of the architectural form. the project in collaboration with Semple Brown Design and Richard Lee Interior Design, Inc
Kern Residence by Semple Brown Design:
The design team’s intent was to create a 12,000 square foot residence, similar in scale and character as the clients’ New York loft. Significant effort was made to resist repeating the typically conservative style of Castle Pines Village – create a modern and sophisticated piece of architecture, suited for the clients’ modern and sophisticated personalities.
The architecture was intended to be ambient, in that it was secondary to, and served as a backdrop for the rest of the site.
The building wanted to relate to and compliment the site’s meticulously manicured landscape – Japanese Gardens, ponds, pathways, and architectural feature.
Given the size and scale of the project, the site – a long slender lot with significant grade change – became a challenging factor during design. Developing the building’s massing became a crucial exercise in delicately fitting the program onto the site while creating the illusion of a smaller structure.
In order to best respond to the site and relate the structure to its context, the entry point into the house needed to be a full story lower in elevation than the arrival point onto the site, thus resulting in the challenge of gracefully bringing the home owners and visitors alike down to the front door through a landscaped outdoor room.
The interior spaces are laid-out in a horizontal format with clean modern lines, carrying the language of the exterior inside. There is a strong and deliberate dialog between the exterior and interior spaces created within this project.
Ron Pollard Photography