Table Rock Ranch is located in a pristine Colorado valley that cradles a three-mile-long trout stream. The compound consists of a lodge, which contains a large living area, kitchen, game room, and porch that frames an outside terrace; a cabin; an existing garage to which we added a fly room for fishing gear; and a service building for vehicles. There were several structures already on the property including a barn and a small cabin. For this rolling, sparsely timbered country, we designed wooden structures in light-gauge construction, augmented with rock foundations that absorb heat in the intense sun and help insulate the buildings after nightfall.
We developed a simple vocabulary for Table Rock Ranch: stone foundations and terraces, wood windows, shady porches, and gravel rather than paved driveways. The interiors and exteriors alike are clad with boards. The zoomorphic elements, like rafters terminated in carved trout forms, evoke American Indian totems, demonstrating our effort to synthesize an architectural vernacular that resonates within the remarkable landscape.