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Over the Edge

The Fossil Lodge at Big Sky is a custom built residence
The Fossil Lodge at Big Sky is a custom built residence
Architect: 
Acanthus Architecture
Location: 
Big Sky, Montana
Photographer: 
Roger Wade
 
Perched on the western slope of 8,300-foot Andesite Mountain, East Coast owners aptly named their Big Sky home “Over the Edge.” Custom-designed with horizontal windows spanning 50-feet at times, the home connects those on the inside directly with their mountainside location.
 
Constructed from refined fir timber and weathered Montana fieldstone, the owners consciously employed sustainable materials, securing a LEED Silver Certification. The home’s fir, pine and white oak interior is warmly lit by light that streams through the abundant wall-to-ceiling windows. Even the forty-foot tall staircase tower winds upwards against a wall of windows, offering stunning views of Eagle Rock, Pioneer, Cedar and Sphinx Mountains.
 
The four-story floor plan features special locker rooms for ski and fishing gear and a spa that gives outdoor enthusiasts a place to unwind. The use of locally sourced materials creates a natural mountain refuge where owners can escape from their busy city life with family and friends. While the home celebrates its rustic location, its structure and interior design emphasizes the comforts of modernity.