Champalimaud designed this 4,000-square-foot vacation ski home on a ridge overlooking the ski slopes and up toward the long-sacred Kachina Peak. This modern interpretation of the 19th-century miner cabins of the Sangre de Christo mountains was created in collaboration with Bradford Reed, a specialist in high alpine architecture. Flawless, local craftsmanship has breathed new life into rusted steel, local stone, and 150-year-old antique wood beams sourced from a decommissioned Winchester factory in Connecticut.
Within this comfortably cozy mountain retreat filled with natural light, Champalimaud has curated a collection of artifacts, art, fabrics and accessories from traditional cultures throughout the world. Authentic Japanese fishing baskets provide suspended light in the vaulted living room, and a huge table of African Olive timber reclaimed from a Kenyan fishing dhow contains the bleached bones of an elephants that were the victim of a poaching epidemic. Native American art harmonizes with Oriental carpets and fabrics woven on artisan looms. The functional spaces, such as the baths, offer the visual and tactile experience of native stone and galvanized metal finishes.
House & Garden described this Champalimaud masterpiece as follows:
"Fabrics woven in Africa commingle with textiles and other accessories from Rajasthan and Morocco.
Yet, for all the polyglot brio of Champalimaud's scheme, the overall effect is decidedly subtle."