The Red House
1,800 s.f. | wilson, wyoming
aia wyoming - award of honor
photography by Greg Hursley


In the ever developing mountain west, one's choice in available building sites is often limited to what were once agricultural lands overlaid with a suburban asphalt veneer oblivious to the character and uniqueness of a place. This project is located in one such subdivision, set between the downtown fabric of a small rural village at the base of the Teton Pass and the irrigated hay fields of the HHR Ranch. The design of this house is an attempt to develop an iconography which celebrates the history of its site and vernacular of its agricultural predecessors. The use of sustainable recycled and reclaimed building materials as well low consumption energy technologies offer an example of conscientious resource management in both the construction and life cycle o[operations of the project. A ground source geothermal heat pump warms the hydronic concrete floors using no fuel and minimal electricity. Though the siding and decking are traditional wood construction, the Structural Insulted Panel walls and roofs, exposed Parallam structural componentry, engineered joist and reclaimed porch timbers kept dimensional lumber requirements to a minimum. The corrugated bondurized steel roofing recycles and the block wall spray foam is manufactured from tree sap. Red Birch cabinetry and doors, Finnish multiply birch stairs, clear coated steel, clear and sandblasted wire glass, painted drywall and aluminum clad windows with cherry sills complete the materials palette.