Taos, New Mexico
Near Taos, on an ancient sagebrush
plain, the Troy House rises from the landscape as it recalls the angles
of the San Antonio Mountains on the western horizon beyond. The house
is a surrogate mountain, an abstraction of the landscape.
In mirroring the slopes of the surrounding mountains, the house ascends
from a bermed embankment that anchors the house to the earth's thermal
stability to the adjacent spaces. Likewise from the north, a wide stairway
ascends, its angled parapet paralleling the mountain angle. On descending
the stair, the views are channeled to the snow-capped Truchas Peaks.
A portal-colonnade guides circulation to the house entry as it aligns
with a mountain peak on the horizon.