Unique Spaces: Telluride Ski Home's Silver Mine Wine Tunnel
Over the course of some 150 years, the mountainous ranges jutting from the Colorado landscape enjoyed a lucrative run as a major source of the country's silver, so much so that Colorado self-proclaimed itself to be the Silver State. The mining has since come to a halt and luxury ski resorts and "cottages" have replaced the once active mines.
For the owners of this 8,706 square foot ski lodge in Mountain Village, Telluride, however, the traditions of the Colorado silver mines are alive and well. Buried in the earth alongside the home's ground level rests a meandering tunnel, faced with stone and fitted with rustic beams hewed from reclaimed Utah railroad trestles. A steel ore cart, once part of an mining outfit near Rico, rests on 56 feet of track, ready to take in the day's load of ore. There is, however, one difference between this mine and those that once dotted the Western landscape. In this mine one won't find silver ore but instead, perhaps, a Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet.
The desire for destinations throughout this contemporary yet fundamentally rustic home, for places where, as architect John Cottle describes "something draws you in", resulted in eschewing the traditional wine cellar for something with a touch more drama, something grand and experiential, something "shockingly comfy, yet stimulating, too". Though all of the necessary conveniences expected in today's modern wine cellars have been installed - keypad security access, temperature and humidity controls (integrated into a whole house "smart" system), and wine storage crafted from Persimmon wood fitting 1,600 bottles - architect and owners alike also made certain to incorporate special elements like the water mist and sound system which simulates an actual mine environment and a hidden second door faced in travertine, offering their guests a unique experience they're not soon to forget.
Except maybe, after a few too many bottles of wine.
Architect: John Cottle, Cottle Graybeal & Yaw // Aspen, CO
Interior Architect: Colleen Gavin, JenkinsGavin // Santa Fe, NM
Lighting Architect: Patrick B. Quigley + Associates // Los Angeles, CA
Contractor: Overly Construction // Telluride, CO
Location: Telluride, Colorado
Products: Antiqued Glass & Steel Door - Hope's Windows, Inc. / Plank Floor, Walls, Ceiling & Beams - Recycled Utah Railroad Trestle / Door Pulls - Valli & Valli / Wine Storage Racks - Custom in Persimmon Wood / Steel Ore Cart - Salvaged
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