DOS RIOS RANCH
Pagosa Springs, CO
SITE: The project is located on an undeveloped, 560 acre ranch property south of Pagosa Springs, Colorado where the San Juan and Blanco Rivers converge. The site contained only a trailer residence and 50 years worth of trash.
PROGRAM: The client wanted to develop a sustainable ranch to raise cattle and horses, and restore the rivers. He wanted to build a working ranch center, guest house, main ranch house and a fishing lodge down at the river.
SIGNIFICANCE: This project has influenced the local residents of this valley and started a mind set that architecturally designed projects have value aesthetically and economically. Four new projects in this valley have since been designed by architects instead of local contractors.
The guest house was designed in a contemporary slab wall and Anasazi influenced style. Sliding glass walls that recede into wall pockets, walk-in fireplaces, an infinite tub, and the steel railroad tracks used as rafters create an ambiance for the interior architecture.
American Institute of Architects
Merit Award 2016
San Fernando Valley Chapter
“Doug’s projects don’t only change your aesthetic, they change your life. it was very difficult to move from my Ewing house in Pasadena, but this ranch is so alluring, so peaceful and tranquil I had to make it my main residence”
-Arno Grether, Owner