Rocky Mountain Modern: Contemporary Alpine HomesJohn Gendall

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Rocky Mountain Modern is a collection of the most inspiring modern residences in the Rockies, a region with a surprising but deep history of modernist design

Rocky Mountain Modern presents the most inspiring modern residences set within the stunning landscapes of the Rockies.

Perched on cliffsides or nestled into verdant valleys, with expansive picture windows framing breathtaking vistas and natural materials such as wood and stone interpreted in new ways, these striking homes reveal modern living at its best in the mountains. Indeed, modern design has a deep connection to the region: in 1945, Aspen, a former mining town in the Colorado Rockies, became an unlikely bastion of modernism, hosting some of the world’s leading designers, including Herbert Bayer, Eero Saarinen, Buckminster Fuller, and Victor Lundy.

Over the ensuing decades, a regional modernism developed that blended the International Style’s clean lines, open volumes, and curtain walls, and Wrightian organicism that incorporated the natural features of the rocky landscape with a vernacular that had adapted to the extreme environmental conditions.

Rocky Mountain Modern celebrates this enduring tradition of modernism through the most remarkable residences in the region, designed by such architecture studios as Selldorf Architects, Olson Kundig, and Allied Works in Aspen, Vail, Sundance, Sun Valley, Telluride, Jackson, and other picturesque locales across the Rocky Mountains.


  • Format: Hardcover
  • Size: 260 × 237 mm (10 1/4 × 9 1/3 in)
  • Pages: 224 pp
  • Illustrations: 200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781580935791

John Gendall is a journalist and communications consultant specializing in architecture. His writing has been published widely, including in the New York Times, New Yorker, Artforum, and Architectural Digest.

Gendall has provided communications counsel to a range of clients, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Rebuild by Design, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

He teaches architectural communication at Pratt Institute, and has been a visiting instructor at Harvard Graduate School of Design and Parsons The New School for Design.

He holds a Master in Design Studies with Distinction from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

'John Gendall takes readers on a journey through inspiring abodes in the breathtaking region.' - Whitewall

'A handsome book.' - Interior Design

'The captivating, often awe-inspiring pairing of rugged mountain landscapes and clean-lined modern architecture is the subject of this collection.' - Houzz