Sloan’s Vista is a well considered modern home that expresses the artistic side of the homeowner as a collection of experiential spaces seamlessly joined together. A mix of textures softens clean, masculine edges. A a palette of neutrals is accented expertly with hints of bright color.
On the exterior, the staircase tower takes the spotlight as a large anchoring mass. Made of brick, it represents permanence while tying into the neighborhood’s material context. This anchor frees the modern forms on either side to play out their personalities while maintaining the larger parti of 2+1.
Inside the tower, the staircase retains the folding shapes, but on a smaller scale. This stair takes the ‘wow factor’ to the extreme while offering the minimalist interior something striking. The abstract and geometric staircase design drew inspiration from origami trees: a rooted trunk growing, branching out, and reaching skyward. As you ascend, landings allow a direct experience of natural light streaming down from the massive skylight above. The effect is an anchoring ‘root’ of 2 twisting forms – the lower stair grows from the foundation, weighting the sculpture, while the upper stairs flare skyward, beckoning the observer upward. The walkway’s zigzag movement encourages pause to take in the beauty of the sculptural tower. Each level of the residence provides a distinct view of the center structure, as though a frame to an abstract composition.
The weather and mountain views of Denver are unrivaled – thus the last main feature of the house is an extensive rooftop deck. This last move completes the house experience from outside, inside and back out again – from bottom to top.