Headwaters Camp, Big Sky, Montana


The project, Yellowstone Club’s Headwaters Camp, located in Big Sky, Montana, “is carefully cradled in a world defined by the orderly needs of program and the random artistry of nature in the extreme,” says architect Dan Turvey. Set on the edge of a series of man-made ponds, streams and falls, a rustic cabin appears to hover over the sparkling waters of a high mountain alpine lake. “Developing our Master Plan on this 22-acre parcel from among others available was a critical decision made by the owner,” Turvey added. “It wasn’t readily apparent that such potential existed on a site that lent itself more to limitations than an envisioned family encampment.”


Designing a structure in the Rockies at 8,000 feet, proximate to Yellowstone National Park, presents many challenges, including an active seismic zone, annual snowfall approaching 8 feet and an underlying geology that must be considered well in advance to undertaking any formal response. Within these constraints, the architect looked to the National Park and our collective early century architectural heritage for creative inspiration. “The idea was to showcase and celebrate an enduring, regional vernacular that conveys strength, permanence and a sense of confidence amongst an overwhelming panorama of majestic mountains and weather extremes,” says Turvey. “The added practical benefits of this vocabulary allowed us to seamless integrate moment frames, shear panels and a wide flange ridge beam, while also accenting the dwelling with rafter tails, reclaimed dimensional timber and log assemblies throughout a substantial structure.”












Designed by Dan Joseph Architects


3 Responses to “Headwaters Camp, Big Sky, Montana”

  1. carmel says:

    Do you rent this out or do retreats? Just looks so peaceful and relaxing there.

  2. Liz says:

    I want to go to there.

  3. Laura Roberts says:

    Are there more photos or plans available for this home?

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