Syncline House

After sharing an on-site picnic with the owners, an entrepreneur and professional climber, we were struck by the critical task of siting a structure on the land in a way that revealed the subtle landscape and the not-so-subtle mountain views beyond.

Situated at the fold between the Rocky Mountain foothills and the Great Plains, the house mediates horizons and peaks, city and alpine meadows, inside and out. Conceived as a frame for viewing the landscape, Arch11 meticulously modeled the residence within the site to ensure that planes of glass capture ridgetop views while respecting the city’s height restrictions.

Built with innovative renewable energy systems and materials crafted to last centuries, the house is a model of cutting-edge sustainable design and attains a LEED gold certification. Roof gardens allow the land to literally envelop the house, and expansive, retracting glass walls provide full views of the Flatirons to the west while blurring the line between indoor and outdoor rooms. Executed with uncompromising detail, surfaces meet with quiet precision, creating a serene background for the landscape and mountains beyond.

AIA Colorado Denver Chapter Merit Award 2012
AIA Colorado Denver Chapter Merit Award 2012
AIA Colorado North Chapter Citation Award for Single Architectural Detail 2012
Builder Magazine’s Watermark Awards Project of the Year 2011
Builder Magazine’s Watermark Awards Grand Prize, Kitchen in a Custom Home 2011
Builder Magazine’s Watermark Awards Merit Award for Powder Room in a Custom Home 2011
Builder Magazine’s Watermark Awards Merit Award for Master Bath in a Custom Home 2011
AIA Colorado North Chapter Merit Award 2010
Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Awards International Designers’ Choice Award 2009
Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Awards Second-Place National Kitchen Design Award 2009
Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Regional Winner 2009
Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest Regional Award of Designers Choice 2009


Arch11 — Boulder
3100 Carbon Place #100
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 546-6868

Arch11 — Denver
1200 Bannock Street
Denver, CO 80204
(303) 546-6868