Shenandoah Contemporary | by Boulder, Colorado Architects – Fanas Architecture

Living lightly on the site was important to the owners due to their strong mandate for sustainability. As a retreat from urban life, the desire to become completely self-sufficient and independent from external infrastructure became critical in the design of a completely off grid residence. Our architects took a two tiered approach to take advantage of both passive strategies which work to reduce energy loads and augment comfort so that the active strategies are sufficient to provide for the remaining energy needs.

Set on the hillside overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, this modest home seeks to enhance the extraordinary surrounding scenery through the thoughtful integration of building elements with the natural assets of the site and terrain. A central open stair as an anchor that circulates movement, light and air into the living spaces that pinwheel and cantilever off into the landscape. In spite of its modest scale, the residence easily accommodates the family by providing amenity for dinning, cooking, living, reading and sleeping which are each carefully tuned to the unique view, light and breezes of the mountainside. To balance the heavy mass derived from the fireplaces; cantilevered volumes, flying roofs, and floor to ceiling glass are used to achieve a lightness of form as it works to bring the views into the living spaces.