Lift Studio

The Preserve


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This 2.3 acre site reveals the ‘soft modernism’ of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s architecture through a landscape designed to appear as an evolution of natural circumstance. Uninhibited views from the Northstar Nature Preserve to Independence Pass are subtly framed by new and existing stands of aspen, spruce, juniper and pine. To integrate new and old, plot studies of native vegetation were recorded and utilized to carefully craft a plant palette derived from the surrounding ecotypes.

Restoration of the site is an ongoing process, structured by the reintroduction of dominant native species and their associative sub-species, with subtle transitions between the different plant communities. As the landscape evolves, the careful restraint of interventions will present a mature ecosystem that feels natural and (almost) untouched.

This project represents previous work experience led by Ryan.

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