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Emigration Canyon Residence / Sparano + Mooney Architecture

  • Architects: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
  • Location: Emigration Canyon, UT 84108, USA
  • Architect: Sparano + Mooney Architecture
  • Contractor: Benchmark Modern
  • Area: 2700.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: Dustin Aksland

© Dustin Aksland © Dustin Aksland © Dustin Aksland © Dustin Aksland

From the architect. Located in Emigration Canyon just above Salt Lake City, Utah, this single family residence of 2700SF was designed for a couple with young children. The home was designed to capture expansive canyon views while offering a series of gathering and entertainment spaces for the family, both indoors and out. The great room opens to the canyon with a 30 foot operable wall to transform the space into an outdoor room.

Second Level Floor Plan
Second Level Floor Plan

The warm colors of cor-ten steel cladding combine with a board-formed wood textured concrete and glass for a contextual, low-maintenance and modern material palette. The house has earned the first LEED-H (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) Silver certification in the state with sustainable features throughout. Water use is minimized with dual-flush toilets and a rainwater capture system for irrigation of the gardens.

© Dustin Aksland
© Dustin Aksland

Natural light is brought into the house with solatube skylights and heat is provided through an energy-efficient in-floor radiant heating system. The design required minimum excavation of the site and allowed for the retention of much of the native oaks on site. The house is designed for long-term flexibility with a lower floor multi-use space to house guests, a home office, a playroom or an art studio. Native, draught-tolerant landscaping elements compliment the architecture and further tie the home to its canyon setting.

© Dustin Aksland
© Dustin Aksland

Sparano + Mooney Architecture is a full-service design firm offering comprehensive architectural and planning services to civic, municipal, institutional, and private clients. The firm celebrated a decade of design leadership in 2007 and continues to cultivate a culture of excellence in design and client service as core values. The firm draws inspiration from the rich and timeless modern traditions in architecture, and creates warm and inviting environments that respond to contemporary conditions. Exceptional architectural solutions are consistently developed through a balance of aesthetic and technical innovation delivered through an effective project management process.

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