Brant-Johnson Ski House
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Architect Robert Venturi
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Location Vail, Colorado
Date 1977   timeline
Building Type house
 Construction System light wood frame, vertical and horizontal wood siding
Climate temperate
Context rural
Style Post-Modern
Notes Brant-Johnson House in Vail. Exaggerated super-dormer speaks boldly of "decorated shed".




Rendering, exterior overview perspective  at ArchitectureWeek

Discussion Brant-Johnson Ski House Commentary

"This ski house is on the steep northern slope of a mountain above Vail in a beautiful strand of aspen trees and low evergreen bushes. It was designed for a young family with two children and a friend, and to accommodate a large number of guests.

"The building is a four-story tower at home among the tall, straight trees. The first story contains storage, laundry, and sauna facilities. The second contains bedrooms and small bunkrooms to accommodate guests. The third contains the kitchen and dining spaces with a separate room to be used as playroom-TV room for the children and as a guest room. The fourth floor is in the treetops with big dormer windows containing window seats that can also be used as beds for additional guests. The flooring is made of wide pine planks; there is cedar siding inside and out and it is furnished mostly with a collection of Gustav Stickley Mission oak furniture."

— Venturi, Scott-Brown & Associates web pages.


3,260 square feet

Sources on Brant-Johnson Ski House

"VSBA Exhibition", by Diane M. Fiske , ArchitectureWeek No. 56, 2001.0627, pN1-1.

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. ISBN 0-442-21668-8. LC 84-3543. NA2750.C55 1984. — Updated edition available at

Stephen Prokopoff. Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown: A Generation of Architecture. Urbana-Champaign: Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, 1984. NA737.V46K724 1984.

A. Sanmartín, ed. Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown. London: Academy Editions, 1986. ISBN 0-85670-8828. NA737.V45V4 1986.

Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour. Learning from Las Vegas. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1972. ISBN 0-262-22015-6. LC 74-169014. NA735.L3V4.

Stanislaus von Moos. Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown: Buildings and Projects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1987.  Find books about Brant-Johnson Ski House


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