Owl Ditch Ranch
Teton County, Wyoming
At Owl Ditch, the owners wanted to build a mountain retreat for their family that was “included in nature.” So they lived on the land, a wooded, 10-acre stretch on the Snake River, in another structure for five years while creating their high-country home.
Surprise and delight serve as the guiding principles for this guest house. The clients, for whom John had designed the main house 20 years earlier, had a clear idea for this addition: a traditional gambrel-roof barn that would house their classic car, bicycle, and motorcycle collection with a fitness studio and guest suite on the floor above.
Chicago’s Nourishing Hope (formerly known as Lakeview Pantry) is designed to provide dignity to those in need. The food pantry found its first permanent home through the creative reuse of a building that was over 75 years old. The team used humble materials in imaginative ways to make the previously dark space feel open to all.
Teton Village, Wyoming
Creating this sleek, subterranean wine cellar using just four materials (glass, stone, wood, and steel) required a particular mastery of craft and engineering. The site’s slope side location demanded that the space—which was to be added to a 10,000-square-foot residence—be dug out from well below the lowest footings of the existing structure.
This residence was originally built by its owner in 1988, meaning it had lots of individual character—including a front door located in the backyard. When asked to update it for new owners thirty years later, the team re-envisioned the entire property, flipping the access and driveway to the south side of the house to improve the space’s overall layout.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Air travelers to Jackson Hole have the great privilege of landing inside Grand Teton National Park. Unfortunately, the area’s original airport did not live up to its noble surroundings. Using Federal Infrastructure funds, the airport wanted to expand and renovate its existing structure while working within the constraints of the park.
Daisy Bush Workforce Housing
Affordable housing is scarce in Jackson Hole, where only three percent of the land can be developed and nearby resorts drive a high cost of living. Therefore, when Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust entrusted John’s team to design eight economical, deed-restricted townhomes, the project was embraced as an important and welcomed challenge.
Four Seasons Denver
This sculptural skyscraper honors Denver’s unique place as the gateway to the American West. The original direction for the project included a 65-story spire that rose from a three-story podium and gradually eroded to allow for balconies on the upper half of the building.
Double J Ranch
Described as “an elegant interpretation of classic homestead living,” this working cattle ranch prioritizes family comfort and intimacy in the midst of wide-open surroundings. With over 3,000 acres to work with, the team designed a distinguished program that plays with natural elements to create a cohesive ranch experience.
Home Ranch Welcome Center
The request to design Jackson’s welcome center was bigger than the building’s small footprint suggests. Situated at the north end of the historic downtown, the space had to appeal to tourists, accommodate public restrooms, and serve as the city’s transportation hub.