California-based Sage Architecture re-imagined the aesthetic values of a mountain home with their work on the Flight House – a luxury mountain home in the Martis Camp development in the high Sierras. The architects give some insight into the fantastic story behind the architecture: ” Our client were long?time lovers of modern architecture, with a particular affinity for midcentury modern design. This home was meant to be a place to get away from the city life, get back to nature, and “play together” as a family. We named the home, “Flight House” to reflect the concept of escape but also because of the curving roof lines.” Cross-ventilation and an abundance of windows create the desired effects, giving depth and a dynamic flow to curved design lines.
As Vance Fox photographs the space, Sage Architecture explains how the home took shape: “the home is graced by two large arching wing?shaped roofs to shelter the main living space and bedroom areas. The two wings of the home offer very different experiences with the surrounding environment. In the main living space, the great room is slab?on?grade with a polished concrete floor that extends to the outside and feels “grounded”.
The bedroom wing “takes flight” off the land – as the terrain gently slopes down, the building gradually steps up, culminating in a floating 3?sided glass box in the master suite for a tree house experience. The entry to the home is defined by a third smaller curved roof structure, sheltering visitors and creating a softly defined separation between the outdoor courtyard space situated on the front, sunny exposure side of the home and the street beyond.” So you see, this home was built on dreams taking flight and eventually became a mountain dream home.
Clad in stained cedar siding and Corten steel, the mid-century modern luxury mountain home was a successful attempt of sculpting a modern life in the forest.
“This home puts a modern twist on what a mountain home should be. We were fortunate to work with clients who could see the sculptural beauty in the design and wanted to create a piece of art in the forest. Flight House was the result of marrying modern design with a mountain environment, with a little drama thrown in for good measure.”