Designing a mountain house is a balancing act. Making sure the structure mirrors the sublime setting rather than competing with it, honoring the wildlife that has existed in the area for centuries without going overboard, and embedding heart and history into new construction are challenges that, when tackled without care and craftsmanship, can cause a project to falter. The Villas at Cortina, a cluster of private condominium homes in Telluride, Colorado, that will be completed in April of this year, achieves a kind of harmony that takes mountain modern – a complimentary blend of the clean lines of today mixed with just the right amount of rustic from years past – to new heights.
Developed by Dallas, Texas-based Eastern Partners, LLC, the Villas at Cortina have been designed to gracefully inhabit the surrounding area. Breathtaking views and ski in/ski out trail access provide constant sources of outdoor inspiration and adventure; materials like rough-sawn cedar and hand-worked native stone are used throughout to mimic the stunning surroundings. Only the best craftsmen committed to following through on the firm’s mission to design unique and timeless homes in the regional vernacular have been utilized.
Context was clearly taken into consideration as the homes were designed. High ceilings and exposed beams draw the eye upward. Expansive windows look out over the stunning environment. Private terraces, cozy outdoor fireplaces, and a heated outdoor pool make outside entertaining and activities easy and inviting.
Similar to the upscale modern take on the lake house development that Eastern Partners achieved with 505 Ranch outside of Dallas, the Villas at Cortina are not your typical ski chalets. Clean lines give the residences a fresh, contemporary feel, and a dedication to high quality materials and methods is carried through to every detail. The interiors, which are in the vein of the condominiums shown above, feature reclaimed first-growth pine from a 19th-century New Orleans warehouse that has been crafted into flooring, mixed with native stone used for bathroom and kitchen floors. Handmade doors and light fixtures, forged mountain hardware, and high-end appliances complete a look that is luxurious yet entirely livable.
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The Villas at Cortina // Telluride, CO // 970.708.1451