We were asked to design a compound of buildings on a 3,164-acre working cattle ranch in Sublette County, Wyoming, that would be practical and aesthetically suitable to its wide-open surroundings. The buildings, which include a main house, ranch manager’s house, horse barn, shed, and various guest cabins, are designed to withstand the harsh climate and to create a sheltered place for the owner’s family and friends to gather.
The 5,800-square-foot main house is sited into the contours of a hill with panoramic views to the Wind River Mountains, overlooking a pond and stream and the adjacent cluster of guest cabins. The living spaces of the house are organized into separate, distinct wings, linked together around an east facing garden courtyard.
On the exterior of the buildings, oxidized steel panels and corrugated steel roofing add a subtle hint of modernity to the moss rock, timber posts and vertical cedar siding. Reclaimed fir floors, exposed timber trusses and wood-paneled vaulted ceilings are found throughout the interiors.