A neighborhood tracing through a hillside over 9,000 ft above sea level in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado was the setting for the home. Tucked within a forest of Aspen, the trees themselves became the design palette. Referencing the grey bark in the stone, characteristic black knots in the shou sugi ban siding, and shimmering yellow-orange autumn leaves in the stained douglas fir heavy timber structure and roof, the home both opens up to the views of the mountain and valley while simultaneously focuses inward on the private motor court and terraced landscape beyond the gateway of the porte cochere. Stepping down the hillside, the home is organized as two wings branching off a double height great room with glass walls on both north and south. With a bridge connecting both wings and climbing wall that transforms into the fireplace as it slices through the home, the design was intended to represent contemporary western attitudes using a refined rustic expression of luxury in solidity.