Ridge 52 Residence

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design - Residential
  • Company/Firm
    Ward + Blake Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Mitchell Blake
  • Design Team
    SaraLee Lanier, Agnes Kardaz, Valerie Church, Brett Bennett, Chris Jaubert
  • Photographer Credit
    Alan Blakely
  • Location
    Jackson, Wyoming
  • Client
  • Project Date
    June 28, 2019

Seamlessly tucked into the landscape, the house becomes an organic extension of the hillside with gently sloping sod roofs softening the visual impact to neighbors above while controlling stormwater runoff. Standing seam shed roofs reach beyond the house to capture exterior space while providing optimal solar control for interior spaces. The elongated form gracefully embraces the natural contours of the site providing a biophilic experience for the user as spaces open up to capture the natural surroundings while integrating carefully into the existing topography. It blurs the lines between interior and exterior space by allowing materials to flow continuously between the two.

Mass and void are a consistent theme with stone walls complemented by large sections of glass that capture panoramic views and enhance the passive solar performance of the house. Natural light permeates the house to warm concrete topping slabs below finished floors, storing energy during the high mountain winters.

The Western character of the project speaks to a rugged beauty of the area. Natural stone, weathered wood, and rusted metal combine with sod roofs to pay homage to "Soddy Cabins" of the late 1800s.

Ward + Blake Architects is a boutique architectural firm specializing in high end custom residential projects, multi-family residential, hospitality, resort, small commercial and educational facilities. Our process embraces the broader spectrum – we look beyond the immediate programmatic goals and site constraints toward greater overall goals and long-term solutions. Through strategies that respect both the built and bio-climatic environments, we connect people to a cohesive building project that enriches the existing conditions of the site and connects respectfully to nature.

Other prizes
2023 Winner for Ridge 52 Residence BLT Built Design Awards - Architectural Design - Residential 2023 Award of Citation for TCSD No. 1 Administration Bldg. American Institute of Architects Wyoming Chapter 2022 Bronze Award for Alta Cabin International Design Awards - Architecture-Renovation 2020 Design Excellence - Merit Award for CLC "The Ranch" AIA Wyoming - Education Category 2018 Best Luxury Residential Project Wyoming Granite Ridge Residence - Build Architecture Awards 2017 Silver Award for Granite Ridge Residence International Design Awards - New Residential Bldg. 2017 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards - Overall Winner for EHA Residence, Jackson, Wyoming 2015 Gold Award for Safir Residence International Design Awards - New Residential Bldg. 2013 AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Western Mountain Region/ American Institute of Architects 2013 Award of Citation for Children’s Learning Center BSA Design Awards – Boston Society of Architects, AIA 2013 Merit Award for Villa di Famiglia Vita Builders Choice & Custom Home Design Awards - Renovation 2012 Architect of the Year for Earthwall II Residence International Design Awards - Architecture 2012 First Prize/ Gold for Earthwall II Residence International Design Awards - New Residential Bldg./ Pro 2012 First Prize/ Gold for Villa Famiglia Vita International Design Awards - Architecture Renovation 2012 Second Prize/ Silver for Children’s Learning Center International Design Awards - Architecture Professional 2012 Top 10 Schools Shortlist for CLC "The Ranch" World Architecture Festival - Singapore 2012 Third Prize/ Bronze for PLC Residence International Design Awards - Architect Conceptual Design 2011 Third Prize/ Bronze for Sharp Residence International Design Awards - Architect Conceptual Design 2011 First Prize/ Gold for Catskills Retreat International Design Awards - Architect Conceptual Design 2011 AIA Wyoming Firm of the Year