A Wy­oming home draws on its lo­cale with breath­tak­ing re­sults


Perched on a flat-topped hill over­look­ing the Wy­oming val­ley known as Jack­son hole, Joanne and rico Zork­endor­fer’s fam­ily get­away feels like an ob­ser­va­tory. one’s gaze is con­stantly drawn out­side, tak­ing in epic views that forge a deep sense of con­nec­tion with the nat­u­ral world. The long, low house has an or­ganic qual­ity, made of stone and wood and sited so sen­si­tively, Joanne says, that it ‘al­most dis­ap­pears into the land’.

de­signed by Fiona Mclean of the London ar­chi­tec­tural firm Mclean Quin­lan, the house per­fectly an­swers the Zork­endor­fers’ re­quest for a refuge. ‘The brief was for a house that felt restora­tive, serene and el­e­men­tal,’ says Joanne, the founder of olli, a san Fran­cisco firm that spe­cialises in home fur­nish­ings us­ing

robes de llengües tex­tiles from Mal­lorca and otomi em­broi­dered fab­rics from Mex­ico.

given the cou­ple’s roots – Joanne was born and raised in new Zealand, and rico, an in­dus­trial de­signer at ap­ple, hails from Mu­nich – Jack­son hole’s at­trac­tion is ob­vi­ous. ‘It re­minds us of our home­lands,’ Joanne says. dur­ing their first win­ter hol­i­day there, in 2011, they ca­su­ally looked at some prop­er­ties, the most ar­rest­ing of which was a log cabin that oc­cu­pied an ex­tra­or­di­nary po­si­tion. It was in poor con­di­tion, but they saw the po­ten­tial in re­plac­ing it with some­thing new and orig­i­nal for them­selves and their grow­ing fam­ily

(they now have a young son and daugh­ter). a few months later, it was theirs and ideas be­gan to per­co­late, fu­elled by his­toric alpine ar­chi­tec­ture.

‘I have a love af­fair with new Zealand’s wide-open beach houses, and rico has an affin­ity for chalets, so we wanted to cre­ate some­thing that was a mar­riage of those two things,’ Joanne ex­plains. It turned out that a num­ber of their favourite houses had been cre­ated by Mclean Quin­lan. ‘What was ap­peal­ing to us about Fiona,’ she adds, ‘is her abil­ity to cre­ate new build­ings that feel as though they have been around a long time but are also age­less.’

Fiona was struck by the mag­i­cal site and spent some qual­ity time in the area study­ing what would be­come her cre­ative touch­stone: the JP Cun­ning­ham Cabin, an 1880s ranch house in what is now grand Te­ton na­tional Park. There the rooms flank a breeze­way left open on the ends so live­stock could take shel­ter. That visit re­in­forced Fiona’s con­cept for the Zork­endor­fers: a cen­tral liv­ing space bor­dered by ex­panses of glass and ac­cess­ing in­ti­mate zones for din­ing, nap­ping, and the like. ev­ery­one agreed that stone would be

THE south­east deck of joanne and rico zork­endor­fer’s get­away at jack­son Hole, wy­oming, fea­tures sweep­ing val­ley views op­po­site page THE din­ing nook

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