Berglund Architects in Edwards, Colorado, near Vail, was founded by Hans Berglund in June of 2004. Berglund Architects specializes in custom single-family residential, multi-family and mixed-use commercial architectural design for the mountain environment. The firm also provides interior design, tenant finish design, architectural design guidelines, master planning, conceptual architectural / envisioning services and assistance with planning approvals for large community projects as well as a wide range of architectural design services for urban and non-mountain environments. The firm’s portfolio of projects is characterized by innovative, high quality architecture blending local architectural vernacular designs and natural materials with contemporary influences.
Berglund Architects is committed to providing and promoting environmentally responsible design. Clients are always encouraged to incorporate energy efficient, sustainable and healthy indoor building practices into their designs. Berglund Architects is a member of ‘1% for the Planet’ and consequently donates 1% of gross revenue to environmental causes.
Berglund Architects fosters a creative learning environment that encourages open minded collaboration among the firm’s designers, clients and consultants. This passion of shared ideas and intuitive insights drives the creation of the firm’s distinctive work.
Berglund Architects creates innovative mountain architecture blending local vernacular architecture and natural materials with contemporary influences. Berglund Architects specializes in custom single-family residential, multi-family and mixed-use commercial architectural design for the mountain environment. The firm also provides design services for renovations / additions, interior design, tenant finish design and master planning.
Berglund Architects specializes in environmentally responsible design and has completed several LEED registered homes and buildings.
BERGLUND Architects, LLC Project Experience
Willow Creek, Vail, CO
These three homes are a synthesis of local mountain vernacular architecture, natural materials and contemporary influences. They incorporate curved zinc roofs, substantial window walls, stained concrete siding panels, exposed structural steel and refined steel railings contrasted to more traditional heavy timber structural elements, extensive exterior and interior stone walls and a variety of rich natural materials. High efficiency boilers, radiant heat, low VOC materials, large overhangs for summer shading and long lasting low maintenance materials have been utilized throughout these super insulated homes which range in size from 3,000 to 4,500 SF. The high curved ceilings which open up to the sun and views make these homes feel much larger than compact footprints.
A once dark uninspired 1960s ranch house which ignored an adjacent small creek and dramatic mountain views has been transformed by a 200 SF kitchen addition and complete renovation into an uplifting home that now takes advantage of its spectacular mountain setting. A new tall gable roof with exposed beams and large doors and windows allow the creek and mountain views to now be experienced throughout the kitchen and existing dining and living room. The kitchen incorporates a large island for cooking and socializing, a home office area and a small sitting area next to a fireplace. Through reorganization of the poorly planned existing 3 bedrooms and 1 bath, a gracious master suite and guest bedroom and bath were created. The steep cor-ten gable roof over the kitchen and the enviting butterfly roof over the entry are a harmonious contrast to the original low pitched roof. A new detached garage with small attic office complements the house and creates an entry court.
Glacier Club Residence
Glacier Club, Durango, CO
This 5,000 SF National Park Lodge inspired home is playfully composed of indigenous natural materials and traditional vernacular roof forms with heavy timber detailing contrasted with significant areas of glass and refined detailing. Covered porches, generous overhangs, continuous stone flooring between inside and outside, large windows and corner glazing create strong connections to the outside throughout the house. A pair of 12’ x 9’ sliding corner doors with no corner column allow the living room to flow into a gracious patio for indoor outdoor living adjacent to a covered outdoor dining area with a fireplace. A focal point of these outdoor spaces is a water feature that flows around the home. Interior stone walls, reclaimed timber beams, wood ceilings and floors are used throughout to seamlessly integrate the interior and exterior architecture of the home.
Bret Ranch Residence
Bret Ranch, Edwards, CO
This 4,000 SF innovative mountain retreat has a timber framed great room with extensive windows capturing spectacular mountain views. The window walls and large roof overhangs blur the separation between the interior and the exterior of the home. This highly integrates the home into its surrounding site and makes it feel substantially larger than its enclosed area. Highly crafted exposed timber detailing and rich natural material throughout the home are infused with subtle contemporary influences to create a timeless design.
Fairway Drive Residence
Vail Golf Course, Vail, CO
This mountain modern duplex home is composed of a series of curved and low slope shed roofs supported by stone walls and an exposed steel and timber frame structure. The play of the stone and stepping roof forms break down the scale of the home and integrates the house into site. The curved roofs open up towards the views and light while the large overhangs shelter the house from the summer sun and significant winter snow. Large steel window walls and sliding door systems provide near transparency and strong indoor-outdoor connections. The mix of refined natural materials and clean detailing creates a sophisticated mountain retreat.
Cordillera Mountain Course Residence
Cordillera, Edwards, CO
Inspired by historic western ranch homesteads, this house is broken down into four distinct structures connected by glass walkways. A barn structure contains the garage and two cabins contain the guest and master suites, while the more refined timber frame center structure contains the great room. Similar to the original ranching homesteads, the house is built from indigenous natural materials and appears to have evolved over time.
Vintage Faire Neighborhood Master Plan
Berglund Architects master planned, envisioned the architectural concepts and developed prototype house designs for this 130 unit new urbanism development. Berglund Architects linked the different neighborhoods through an extensive open space park system with fields, trails, ponds, a community center and an active vineyard for community winemaking. The architecture represents a contemporary interpretation of classic small town Victorian homes with appropriate modern day materials and playful detailing. Front porches face the street and garages are recessed to the sides or are located behind the homes and served by alleys.
Gambel Street and Redstone Town Homes
Eagle Ranch, Eagle, CO
These 1,600 SF units with front porches, one car attached garages and small, fenced, rear yards were built for approximately $150 per SF and provide affordable housing for local residents. The two projects provide an important urban transition though the sloped roof, cement board sided buildings adjacent to a residential neighborhood and the flat roofed brick buildings with large windows adjacent to large mixed use buildings in the village core. Although there is only one unit type, individual identity is created through variations in exterior materials, the color palettes, decks, porches and roof elements.
Eagle Ranch Live-Work Town Homes
Eagle Ranch, Eagle, CO
These 1,700 SF Town Homes have a ground level commercial space and a two-bedroom, one-bath unit on the second level. The six units are configured into three duplex buildings which buffer a parking lot at the Village core. The brightly colored stucco walls, flat roof parapets, exposed steel structural elements and large storefront windows combined with traditionally scaled windows, brick veneer, exposed timber framing and large shed roof overhangs create an interpretive architecture which provides a transition between single family Town Homes and larger mixed-use buildings. Exposed structure, high ceilings, large windows and contemporary detailing create a dynamic urban loft environment at the core of the Eagle Ranch Village. The detailing of the guardrails at the second level decks creates privacy and visual interest.
Hana Dustin Town Homes
Downtown, Aspen, CO
These contextual urban mountain Town Homes in downtown Aspen incorporate traditional brick detailing and contrasting large window areas to capture sun and mountain views. These homes combine a rich palette of natural materials with sophisticated detailing and modern materials. It is an architectural hybrid which has evolved from a synthesis of traditional Aspen architecture with contemporary sensibility and divergent cultural forces.
Whitefish Lake, Whitefish, Montana
Berglund Architects provided conceptual architecture for this 200-unit development consisting of a 30-unit lodge on Whitefish Lake, a variety of amenity buildings and three-bedroom single family cabins and attached Town Homes located along a series of small picturesque creeks. The architecture is inspired by the ranching and National Park buildings of the area but with a slight contemporary twist.
Cove Springs Ranch, Blaine, Idaho
Berglund Architects worked with the projects’ developers as well as the land planning firm Design Workshop to envision the architectural community character and developed concept architectural design for this rural equestrian based development. Berglund Architects created a wide range of site plan diagrams, elevation sketches, perspective drawings of potential houses and community/streetscape character sketches to illustrate the architectural design principles it developed for the different neighborhoods. Berglund Architects also site-planned and developed conceptual architectural design for the community center and equestrian facilities. These sketches are a critical component of the developers’ approval process presentations.
Mountain Star Residence
Mountain Star, Avon, CO
A synergy of old world stone, richly patinaed copper siding, refined steel railings, exposed steel and wood structure and expansive window walls coalesce into a casually elegant modern mountain retreat. A curved steel trellis leads guests through a stone entry portal to a loft like entry /gallery space created by a freestanding art wall contrasted by the organic stone wall of the living room’s sculptural fireplace. Much of the architectural design was developed to provide a dynamic showcase for the owners’ extensive art collection. The kitchen, living room and outdoor living spaces are focused around the pool and spectacular mountain views. Dramatic indoor outdoor connections are created by the 28’ wide living room doors. Refined steel detailing throughout the house provides a sophisticated edge to the simply detailed natural materials and traditional roof elements.
1111 Camino Del Rio Mixed Use Project
Animus River, Downtown Durango, CO
Berglund Architects is currently master planning and designing this 38 unit 80,000 SF redevelopment mixed use project on the Animus River in downtown Durango which includes street level surface commercial parking, private underground residential parking, 25 three-bedroom river front units and 13 smaller live-work units above street level commercial space. The project incorporates access to a public river trail and a significant water feature linking a street level public patio with river level private interior landscaped courtyard. The contemporary contextual architecture relates to the nearby historic masonry downtown buildings while creating a dynamic river corridor environment.
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Vail Golf Course, Vail, CO
This contemporary mountain home is a result of several divergent forces of the western mountain lifestyle: traditional vernaculars versus contemporary lifestyles, nature as beauty versus nature as foe and rustic materials versus high tech construction. Built in an avalanche debris zone, it incorporates high tech glazing within a steel and concrete structure that is artfully clad with rich natural materials. A glass enclosed timber frame great room with a cascading roof glows with ambient light on this otherwise dark north facing site. Six traditional but playful “sleeping cabins” attach to the sides of this great room, providing cozy retreats for the owners and their five children.
Glacier Club Town Homes
Glacier Club, Durango, CO
Inspired by western mountain lodges of the National Parks, these homes incorporate an additive massing design utilizing a palette of natural rustic materials derived from the surrounding landscape. They appear to have evolved over time, with the stone clad steep roofed elements with smaller windows contrasting to the additive timber frame glass walled great room elements. The western inspired design, the palette of natural materials and the large windows provide a strong physical and intellectual connection to the “New West”. PUBLICATIONS
Conrad Residence (designed by Hans while with CGY Architects), Denver Magazine, March 2009
Minturn Residence and Vail Golf Course Residence, (designed by Hans while with CGY Architects), Vail Luxury, 2009 Edition
Brandt Residence (designed by Hans while with CGY Architects), and WIllow Creek Residences, Vail Home Magazine, Fall 2008
Willow Creek Residences, Vail Home Magazine, Spring 2008
Osterman Residence (designed by Hans while with CGY Architects), Mountain Living, August 2003 210 Edwards Village Blvd. Suite A103
US Mail Only: P.O. Box 2378
Edwards, Colorado 81632-2378
Phone: 970.926.4301 Fax: 926.4364 HANS BERGLUND, AIA President