The modest Wilson Residence sits on a ¾ acre lot in a suburban subdivision in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Previously pastureland, the property is bordered by open space, wetlands and a creek on the northwest boundary. The residence and its landscaping were designed to borrow form the nearby mountains and adjacent open space, while extending the living space to the outdoors in a way that rests gently on the land. In addition, the stream and wetlands were utilized to expand the perceived size and scale of the site, provocatively contrasting the surrounding suburban neighborhood.
The diverse site development engages the family and their guests, and required discipline in material choices, location and configuration. The family is active and outdoor-oriented, requiring a variety of site features and outdoor spaces offering both wild and domestic activities, from slack-line, kayak and trampoline to a storm porch for viewing mountain thunderstorms. Hershberger Design provided comprehensive planning and design consultation including research, design, construction documentation and construction administration. Hershberger Design collaborated closely with the architect to locate the drive, house and interior spaces to develop a strong dialogue between interior and exterior.
The Wilson Residence is evidence that site-sensitive, context-relevant design can be applied to small-scale residential development in a typical suburban neighborhood. The project's scale and magnitude is one most homeowners can relate to and demonstrates that quality and sustainable design can be achieved inexpensively through the creative use of regional materials and site-appropriate development of outdoor space.