Heber City, Utah
Because of the nature of its business, namely the design of mountain sport and related products, and also for personal inspiration, access to the view of Mt. Timpanogos looming above Sundance, Utah was extremely important to the client, Faceplant Design. This neck of the Wasatch Range became a driving vector toward the conceptual focus and organization of the resulting office, workshop and studio complex. Also to be employed was a kind of hybrid image combining two local Heber City vernacular building types, namely the weathered, well-proportioned wooden sheds and barns, and the ubiquitous cinder block industrial box. Influencing all design decisions would be a filter towards sustainability, and additionally, the program required a community garden and an interior climbing wall, places on in which to vent against creative blockages. The leader of the Faceplant Design group explained that they wanted to present clients and employees alike the yin and yang of work and play.