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Located in the Glenwild development on a ridge overlooking the 2002 Olympic ski jump venue in Park City, Utah, the Andersen inHOME was built from the windows in. Windows open the house to the spectacular mountain views. Windows let in the warming winter sun and the cool breezes of summer.
Windows were integrated into the architectural vision from the start. Designed by architect Michael Plautz, AIA, each wall of the inHOME was as carefully considered as the floor plan. These "wall plans" were designed to compose views from various locations within each room and to bring natural light to different places throughout the day.
The form of the 6,000 square foot house is organic, with roof planes that fold into wall planes arranged along a massive central stone spine. This 140-foot long stone wall serves both as an organizing element and as a screen from the street. The wood and native stone of the exterior continue inside, helping the house become a part of its rugged ridge-top site.
Andersen[R] art glass panels frame the front door. Nearby, casement, awning, and fixed windows are arranged in a two-story tall geometric rhythm of shape and light. From the front door a stone walk extends through the house and out a pair of patio doors to the terrace. High above the great room, a ribbon of skylights provides an everchanging pattern of light, creating a house that seems to tell time like a sundial. Tucked just below the roof overhang, clerestory windows provide light and ventilation, while assuring privacy.
Interior windows open rooms to light and views, allowing you to look from one room through another to the outside. Carefully aligned interior windows give the master suite a view of the mountains while providing natural light for the great room below. In guest bedrooms, interior windows look across an interior bridge, through exterior windows, to the mountains beyond. The lower portion of these same windows feature switchable glass, which changes from clear to opaque at the touch of a button. The upper portion is a hopper-style window. This unique combination allows for privacy and ventilation at the same time.
Other concepts explored include an interior window between the kitchen and dining room that doubles as a projection screen for television or movies. A slide-away section of the window serves as a computer screen, seamlessly integrating technology into everyday life.
While both of these concept windows are still in the developmental stage, they demonstrate the changing role of windows in our daily lives.
But most of the ideas in the Andersen inHOME are based on windows that are available today--stock windows arranged in not-so-stock ways. Imagination can make windows do more than provide light, air, and views.
On the mountain slopes of Park City, Utah, the Andersen inHOME at Sundance Film Festival provides a vision of how windows can perform beyond traditional expectations to enhance all aspects of our lives. Windows become the inspiration for a new way, a better way, to view the home and the world outside.
Although the Andersen inHOME at Sundance Film Festival is not open to the public, you can visit it on the internet. For a virtual tour and additional information, visit www.anderseninhome.com/AOL Keyword: Andersen inHOME.
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Development: Glenwild, Park City's Premier Private Golf and Spa Community (435) 615-9453, toll-free 1-877-924-9453, www.glenwild.com
Architect: Michael Plautz, AIA, principal, RSP Architects, Ltd., Minneapolis (612) 677-7100
Builder: Wilcox Construction, Kaysville, Utah (801) 546-6566
Baker, Knapp & Tubbs: home furnishings and accessories www.kohlerinteriors.com
Designer Moving & Storage: receiving, storage, and setup www.designermovingandstorage.com
Kohler Co.: plumbing fixtures www.kohler.com
Lennox Industries, Inc.: heating, cooling and indoor air quality www.lennox.com
LiteTouch: lighting automation www.litetouch.com
McGuire Furniture: home furnishings and accessories www.kohlerinteriors.com
Shaw Industries, Inc.: carpeting www.shawfloors.com
Sub-Zero and Wolf: refrigeration and cooking appliances www.subzero.com
Sundance Spas, Inc.: outdoor spa www.sundancespas.com
Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinets: cabinetry www.wood-mode.com
For sales information, please contact Jess Reid Realty at www.jessreidrealestate.com.
RELATED ARTICLE: 6 TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
1 Plan your walls. Carefully place windows to frame a view just as you would frame a piece of art.
2 Think three-dimensionally. Skylights and clerestory windows can bring light in from above, allowing natural light to penetrate deeply into the room while preserving privacy.
3 Embrace the seasons. Strategically locate windows to gather the warmth of the sun in winter; in summer, use roof overhangs to shade the interior.
4 Bring windows inside. Interior windows allow a room deep inside the house to share views and light with an adjoining room and with the outside.
5 Cool naturally. Use operable windows on opposite sides of a room to provide natural ventilation.
6 Combine windows of different sizes and shapes to make larger openings and create rhythmic patterns.
Photographs by Emily Minton-Redfield
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