Vasquez / Lamprich
Introducing The Shadow House, winner of six AIA regional awards: Intellectual, contemporary design by architect Antoine Predock playing on the relationship between light and shadows to create an ever-changing interior mood. The 24 ft. high entry features a massive suspended glass cube, accented by ribbons of light from long, slender skylights, glowing fiber-optics at night. A tiny portal beams in light to signal the winter solstice in the entry tower. Anchoring the house, a unique water feature courses down a 24 ft x 30 ft gently sloping courtyard of ancient Chinese pavers and evokes the sound of a mountain stream. A central 80 ft. hallway, eminently suitable for artwork, leads to a large glass door framing Chicoma Peak to the west.
The spacious living / dining room highlights the interplay of light and shadow, faces the courtyard water feature, and has a striking fireplace, flanked by two tall glass display cases. Adjacent to the kitchen is a multi-purpose den leading to the upper end of the courtyard and thence to an outside patio. The kitchen is the epitome of form + function, with a central stone island and complimented by a spacious butler’s pantry. The master bedroom suite has an ingenious master bathroom with custom basaltina tub and built-in reclining chaise, and is privately located from the guest suite.
The essence of the interior, including a Zen courtyard facing the tatami alcove off the master bedroom, appeals to those with a contemplative, academic side. The private, wood-lined office has a full bathroom and walk-in closet, adaptable as a third bedroom.
Superb attention to detail and choice of materials is evident throughout the house—from the patinated copper wall along the entry corridor to the guest suite, the overhead louvres along the central hallway oriented to give maximum light in winter and minimum in summer, Philippe Starck steam shower with glass surround, Tara Classic faucets, Miele appliances, to the Florentine leather-tiled floor in the glass-walled master closet.
Add plenty of storage, an oversized two-car garage, one wall of cedar-lined closets and climate-controlled wine storage. Located on 14 private acres in the manned, security-gated La Tierra Nueva subdivision.