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Tour Architect Peter Marino's Rocky Mountain Ski Retreat

The Property Addict / Travel

Dec 10 2015

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High up in the Rockies, architect Peter Marino confidently crafts his ultimate ski getaway

by Mayer Rus

Peter Marino didn't become Peter Marino by shying away from bold gestures. In countless homes and retail stores for some of the world's most discerning clients, the habitually provocative Manhattan architect has demonstrated a genius for conjuring grand coups de theÃ?aÃ?â??tre that resonate with eloquence and clarity. The sensational Rocky Mountain retreat he designed for himself and his wife, Jane Trapnell Marino, is no exception"â?it's a knockout. The three-story residence's distinctive silhouette, Marino explains, was inspired by a trip he took with his daughter, Isabelle, to the GalaÃ?pagos Islands, where they observed the flight rituals of the indigenous waved albatross. "The birds walk to the edge of a cliff, stick their noses out, and then let the breeze carry them," he says. "It's quite compelling to watch." The house, too, has a pronounced beak, in the form of a sharply tapering balcony and double overhang that extend dramatically from the steep mountain slope. Meanwhile, the two wings of the structure, like those of the albatross, angle back toward a rock face as if ready to soar. To achieve this feat of architectural bravura, Marino dynamited a chunk of the mountain ridge so that the house nestles into its site. "The construction was tricky because all the steel had to be helicoptered in," the architect says. "I'm used to doing this kind of thing for clients, but when you're doing it for yourself the process can be vexing." While the side of the house that backs up to the mountain features walls of solid stone along the main level, the opposite facÃ?§ade is dominated by expanses of glass that capture stunning views of the high-altitude terrain and the twinkling lights of the town below. Marino's pas de deux of opacity and transparency, brawn and delicacy bestows distinct personalities on the interior spaces. Some, like the glazed dining room, revel in openness and exposure. Others, such as the origami-like cedar-clad stairwell that connects the public areas to the bedrooms above, beckon with the promise of cloistered solidity and warmth. Describing the home as a sporty ski chalet, Marino says he purposely limited the primary materials to a few simple elements: cedar, stucco, and slate. (One notable exception is the master bath, which is sheathed in a highly figured rosa candoglia marble that he found on a buying trip to Carrara, Italy.) Of course, Marino's idea of sporty and simple includes curtains made from Loro Piana cashmere and linen, vintage Moroccan rugs, impeccable bespoke pieces of his own design, and a host of pedigreed furnishings by the likes of Charlotte Perriand, Paul DupreÃ?-Lafon, Jean-Michel Frank, and Poul Kjà ¦rholm. AD Tour3 Tour4 Tour1 Tour2  

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