An earth-sheltered and earthquake-resistant home is built to stand the test of time in an extraordinary Wyoming landscape.

The elegant retreat combines contemplative spaces with a sense of drama.

For the owners of the Jackson Residence—a retired couple with grown children—the completion of their contemporary rural home in Jackson, Wyoming, has been a long time coming. 

Set amidst a dramatic landscape at the crest of the Gros Ventre Butte, the couple acquired the sloped plot many years ago, but decided to wait until retirement before approaching Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to design and build their long-awaited forever abode.

Set at an elevation of 6,700 feet, the home overlooks extraordinary views of the Snake River Valley and the Teton Mountain Range.

Set at an elevation of 6,700 feet, the home overlooks extraordinary views of the Snake River Valley and the Teton Mountain Range.

Nic Lehoux

In deference to the spectacular landscape, the architects have let the site shape the architectural design, which adopts a modern appearance in an intentional departure from the rustic mountain vernacular. 

To protect panoramic views of the Teton Mountain Range beyond and reduce the 9,860-square-foot home’s visual footprint, the architects have inserted the two-story building into the hillside and further softened its appearance with planted roofs.



To meld the building with the landscape, the architects expanded the aspen grove around the southern approach to the structure.

To meld the building with the landscape, the architects expanded the aspen grove around the southern approach to the structure.

Nic Lehoux

The home is accessed via a private road that gently moves westward through a sagebrush meadow and an aspen tree grove that transitions to an entry court framed by dense, smooth-formed concrete walls.

A break in the concrete facade reveals the front entrance, which is marked by a thin steel canopy and two chimneys.

A break in the concrete facade reveals the front entrance, which is marked by a thin steel canopy and two chimneys.

Edward A. Riddell

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