House in the Mountains
Ph: Steve Mundinger/Architectural Record
Gluck+, a New York-based architect-led design-build firm, tackled the challenge of preserving a breathtaking mountain vista view by embedding a guesthouse into the earth. “So many views are destroyed by plunking buildings on top of the land,” says Gluck, formerly known as Peter Gluck and Partners. The 2,850-square-foot guesthouse was built partially buried in the ground, featuring energy-efficient grass roofs and a low profile that would preserve views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains from the main house.
The guesthouse is composed of two intersecting rectilinear steel-framed bars, with a primary structure containing open living and dining areas capped by a sloped roof rising at a 20-degree angle. A second rectilinear structure is seated perpendicular into the first, containing three bedrooms and a garage and equipped with a wall of solar panels that supplies heat for the home and swimming pool.
Gluck's Principals Peter L. Gluck, Thomas Gluck, Stacie Wong (B.A. Architecture '94), Charlie Kaplan and Marc Gee run Gluck+ as an inclusive firm with an integrated design approach. Gluck+ has a strong dedication to fluid, responsive design, made possible by taking on entire building projects from design through the construction process.