Residential Gardens

Snake River Retreat

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A slice of modernism in a rustic environment

Set amid a mature riparian cottonwood bosque near Wyoming’s Snake River, just outside of Grand Teton National Park, Snake River Residence is discretely nestled along Fish Creek and its meandering small tributaries. Challenging the notion of contemporary design in a rugged landscape, the contemporary single-story stone and stucco home and guest house allowed for the creation of a variety of outdoor spaces in courtyards and alcoves created by the highly articulated exterior walls. Respect for the natural landscape is evident through the ecological restoration of over a half-mile of the site’s once-damaged hydrological systems, encouraging the owners and guests to be outside and addressing metrics of water quality, vegetative coverage and habitat growth. A multi-layered tapestry of riparian and native species reestablishes the landscape to pre-disturbed conditions. The resulting design weaves a modern aesthetic of color, texture, and focus into the surrounding natural environment.

“This is a real gem. The stream restoration is what sold us. It was ambitious for the owners to take that on. They took responsibility for the stewardship of their site. The larger site strategy combined with the craft details is refreshing. It’s amazing how well the geometry relates to the natural.” — National ASLA Professional Awards Jury

Awards

  • 2011 ASLA National, Honor Award for Residential Design

Collaborators

William F. Tull, Water Design, Biota Research and Consulting, Bill Dziczyc Construction

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