Gammel Dam by CCY Architects

Gammel Dam by CCY Architects

This Colorado retreat ebbs and flows with the natural rhythm of its surrounding nature, as if it were merely an extension of the landscape.

A rugged retreat on over 11 acres of scrub oak and sagebrush near Snowmass, Colorado, Gammel Dam creates the perfect balance between modern infrastructure and natural surroundings. From the sloping roof and the covered outdoor spaces to the interior rooms that are merely an extension of the landscape, Gammel Dam ebbs and flows with the natural rhythm of the surrounding mountains.

A strong Scandinavian inspiration can be found in the owner’s selection of furniture, materials, and detailing. Another strong influence is the idea of flexibility. At its core, Gammel Dam was originally designed as a one-bedroom cabin, but the addition of flexible living spaces have created accommodations for up to 14 people.

The home also features a sauna, spa, and multiple fireplaces. Stacked wood can be found throughout the home, which means that roasting marshmallows and sipping on Gløgg just became a nightly ritual. The strategically placed windows, open archways, and corridors create the maximum amount of natural light throughout all four seasons. No matter the time of year, Gammel Dam provides a natural and subtle retreat that, well, retreats into the surrounding landscape just as the sun gently rises over the surrounding Colorado mountain peaks.