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Owl Creek by Skylab Architecture on Snowmass Mountain in Colorado

Built on the idea that a physical place can deepen the connection between friends, families and the natural world.

Perched on the hillside, with panoramic views of Snowmass Mountain, the Owl Creek Residence was built on the idea that a physical place can deepen the connections between friends, families and the natural world. Initial site challenges and slope constraints were solved by anchoring the structures directly into the landforms.

At Owl Creek a single shared, stand-alone home was built for two families. Additionally, a collection of lodge-like communal areas are clustered together, creating a space that is both intimate and open.

Natural light was a constant consideration, with every effort made to minimize visual separation from the outdoors. This all-weather mountain retreat is designed for recharging social relationships and renewing connections to the rugged Rocky Mountain landscape.

Project Data

  • Location— Snowmass, CO, USA
  • Size— 4,200 sq ft.
  • Architects— Skylab
  • Contractor— Ridge Runner Construction Co. INC
  • Collaborators— Mountain Design Group, Artifex Landscape Architecture, Lighting Workshop, Ambient Automation, Studio Lambiotte Interior Design Furnishings
  • Press distribution- V2com

About Skylab

Established almost two decades ago in Portland, Oregon, Skylab is a band of makers — curious, industrious and experimental. As architects, designers, creators and entrepreneurs, Skylab works together across a wide range of landscapes and locations. Their designers are futurists, making today what they believe will inspire and connect people tomorrow. By exploring, curating and innovating, they are always looking ahead to create what may shape tomorrow. Skylab reveals the unseen for those willing to seek it.

Offering unique and customized services, Skylab’s greatest value is in their holistic approach to problem-solving across the following disciplines and offerings: Architecture, Interior Design, Branded Environments, Planning.

Hallway with doors to outdoor deck and triangle hottub with incredible view Foyer and staircase with black glass balustrade Awesome TV viewing room with tiered seating in nook of house Kitchen with long solid white island. Floor to ceiling windows everywhere.Corner part of massive wooden deck with a triangle hottub and glass balustrade and deck railing Entryway mudroom with ski holders mounted on the wall as well as many coat hooks and long wooden bench

View of this home perched on Snowmass Mountain in Colorado

Front facade of this wood, steel and stone modern mountain ski chalet

Formal living room with large fireplace and massive custom section al sofa View of valley from covered triangle deck with hottub


Huge multi-level deck system extending off end of house with views in every direction