Rocky Mountain Modern
Contemporary Alpine Homes
Rocky Mountain Modern is a collection of the most inspiring modern residences in the Rockies, a region with a surprising but deep history of modernist design
Rocky Mountain Modern presents the most inspiring modern residences set within the stunning landscapes of the Rockies. Perched on cliffsides or nestled into verdant valleys, with expansive picture windows framing breathtaking vistas and natural materials such as wood and stone interpreted in new ways, these striking homes reveal modern living at its best in the mountains.
Indeed, modern design has a deep connection to the region: in the 1940s, Aspen, a former mining town in the Colorado Rockies, became an unlikely bastion of modernism, hosting some of the world’s leading designers, including Herbert Bayer, Eero Saarinen, Buckminster Fuller, and Victor Lundy. Over the ensuing decades, a regional modernism developed that blended clean lines, open volumes, and glass walls with the natural features of the rocky landscape and a vernacular that had adapted to the extreme environmental conditions.
Rocky Mountain Modern celebrates this enduring tradition of modernism through the most remarkable residences in the region, designed by such architecture studios as Selldorf Architects, Olson Kundig, and Allied Works in Aspen, Telluride, Vail, Sun Valley, Jackson Hole, and other picturesque locales across the Rocky Mountains, from New Mexico to British Columbia.
Praise for Rocky Mountain Modern
“This book looks at stunning modern residences within the landscapes of the Rocky Mountains and how they have incorporated the natural world into their designs.”
“A richly illustrated volume . . . Readers should prepare to be surprised, delighted, and fully ready to pack up for a move out west.”
“The Rocky Mountains are the next hotbed for contemporary architecture . . . a new book makes the argument that the Rockies aren’t just filled with log cabin clichés.”
“For those with mountain homes or simply looking for future inspiration, the Monacelli published book is filled with design details. History lovers will enjoy reading about past uses of landscapes prior to building as well as the background of the people that bring the home to life. . . . Filled with gorgeous professional photographs, Rocky Mountain Modern’s many home features are awe-inspiring. With four seasons covered in the book, this photo-driven read glues readers to the pages.”
“In the book’s more than 200 pages, readers will find architectural expressions as powerful as the landscapes that surround them.”
—Modern in Denver
“This stunningly photographed album of mountain homes is gorgeous.”
“A new book traces the evolution of Modernism in the Rocky Mountains.”
“Highlights the stunning architectural design of modern homes across the Rockies' breathtaking terrain.”