Dingolay Ranch

Telluride, Colorado
Ongoing Project


Dingolay Ranch is outside of Telluride Colorado at 10,000 ft above sea level. Our masterplan for the ranch outlines a strategy for preservation and respectful land use, focusing on preservation of wetlands, native plants and wildlife.

The main house is nestled into a knoll with stunning views of the San Juan mountains. It has an open, flexible plan and is a modern interpretation of utopian residential architecture of the 60s and 70s. Meant to be entirely self sustaining, it uses active and passive solar energy, natural ventilation and is insulated the thermal mass of the planted earth roof. It’s off the grid.

The organic forms are based on solar patterns, site contours, and logical space planning that enhances the owner’s relationship to nature. Inspired by folk-art, vernacular architecture and the do-it-yourself spirit of the American West.

From the house, you watch the sheep and elk graze in the summer and the bright white reflection of deep winter snowmass illuminates the ceiling. The vegetation comes inside where humidity and heat are controlled for growing plants and food year-round.