Nature lovers will feel right at home with Black Magic. Designed by Colorado-based Rowland + Broughton, this glass-clad mountainside home embraces the landscape and gives homeowners the impression of sitting among the trees even when indoors. Coupled with Snowmass, Colorado’s lush surroundings, the contemporary dwelling’s clean lines and airy feel appears like a “penthouse living in a mountain oasis.”



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When Rowland + Broughton was asked to design the Black Magic house from scratch, they created the self-imposed restriction to minimize site disturbance as much as possible. Thus the project’s first step began with careful siting and working with existing topography to reduce site excavation. The project is rewarded with close proximity to native grasses and mature fir, oak, and aspen trees.

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Black Magic is clad in a black metal corrugated skin that contrast with the leafy mountainside. Large windows punctuate the black metal facade to frame views of the outdoors and bathe the white oak-lined interior in natural light. The Black Magic home spans two levels with two bedrooms, a storage area, garage, and laundry room on the ground floor. The best views in the home are enjoyed from the upper floor, which contains the master suite on one end and an open-plan kitchen, dining area, and living room on the other. The living room opens up to a south-facing outdoor deck.

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Black Magic by Rowland + Broughton, Black Magic home in Colorado, Black Magic Snowmass, contemporary mountain home, modern custom mountain home, minimal site disturbance house design

Black Magic by Rowland + Broughton, Black Magic home in Colorado, Black Magic Snowmass, contemporary mountain home, modern custom mountain home, minimal site disturbance house design

Black Magic by Rowland + Broughton, Black Magic home in Colorado, Black Magic Snowmass, contemporary mountain home, modern custom mountain home, minimal site disturbance house design