Dwelling in Little Belt
Tailored to the dreams of an active retired coupe, the Dwelling in Little Belt is a contemporary mountain home nestled in the Little Belt Mountain range. Perched above Sluice Boxes State Park, the dwelling yields breathtaking panoramic views and a skyline that features spectacular sunsets. The sheer amount of windows in the West facade allow the exterior views to be come an integral part of everyday life. The design challenge to create a beautiful home that can withstand Montana's harsh winters and high winds, yet celebrating the views is handled by recessing the North West facade into the hillside and minimizing fenestration facing the prevailing winds. (It's like wearing a hooded windbreaker with your back to the wind).
The exterior design and form of the dwelling are a direct response to the surrounding environment and climate. The slope of the SIPS panel roof system emanate the prominent lines of the surrounding mountain ranges, and the material selection is derived from the local earth-tone colors of the mountain's dry-grassy floor and red-brown rock.
Design Team: [Architect: SONDER architecture + design, LLC, & David Cantley, AIA in joint partnership]