Weigel Residence

Copper Mountain, Colorado
4,000 SF

Ron & Paula Weigel

Project Team
Paul Mankins

Weigel Residence – Substance Architecture
Weigel Residence – Substance Architecture

Weigel Residence

The Weigel Residence in Copper Mountain, CO aims to satisfy a couple's dual desires to immerse themselves in both the serenity of woodland and the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains within a quarter-acre site. The challenge lay in crafting a home that offers secluded, intimate indoor and outdoor spaces while capitalizing on sweeping mountain views. The solution also adjusted the rotation of the structure to screen noise from nearby Interstate 70 and brace for frequent winter storms.

The architectural approach marries a single-story, post-and-beam pavilion for primary living spaces with a four-story, conventionally framed tower housing service spaces and bedrooms set on a concrete plinth.

This design yields two distinct experiences: a series of private spaces that feel intimate and sheltered and gathering spaces that embrace the natural environment through large, glazed openings that blur indoor and outdoor boundaries, providing expansive views of the Rocky Mountains. The northeast elevation, closest to neighboring development, is fortified with clerestory windows and a concrete wall for privacy. The home's ingenious design also incorporates passive cooling through the tower's chimney effect, obviating the need for artificial cooling systems.

A Sense of Arrival

An entry sequence was developed to heighten the experience of the home and transition from the expansive mountainside to the secluded woodland setting. Beginning at the entry drive, visitors approach from the southeast; pass through the outer, cast-in-place concrete wall; up a stair parallel to the pavilion; into a covered “porch”; and then into the home. The concrete base conveys stability and durability while the wood gives a sense of warmth. The Weigel Residence addresses all the complex challenges of its site elegantly, giving the owners both the serenity and the vistas that they sought.

“The house is beautifully crafted, its slender columns elegantly supporting the slender roof. The inside provides a contemporary interpretation of a rustic material palette and connects well with the wooded exterior.”

Juror Comment, AIA IA Design Awards

Weigel Residence – Substance Architecture

Site plan

Weigel Residence – Substance Architecture

Floor plans

Weigel Residence – Substance Architecture

Building components diagram


Structural Engineer
KPFF (formerly Saul Engineering)
General Contractor
Weitz Norris Custom Homes


2013 Merit Award
Custom Home
2009 Merit Award
American Institute of Architects - Iowa Chapter
2009 Merit Award
American Institute of Architects - Central States Region


Winter 2013 Custom Home
Vol. 6, No. 44, 2012 American Builders Quarterly
March 2010 Architecture Minnesota
09:270 Iowa Architect
07:259 Iowa Architect

Photography by Farshid Assassi/Assassi Productions