Tour Isla Cielo – a Striking Contemporary Masterpiece in Santa Fe

0565666-islacielo-1When Santa Fe is the topic of discussion, modern architecture doesn’t exactly spring to mind. In this—one of the oldest cities in North America, where the still-standing governor’s “palace” dates to 1610—adobe walls, kiva fireplaces with soft organic curves, and wood-beamed portales lined with chile ristras are the order of the day, less so the crisp, clean lines of modernity.


This striking contemporary opus, then, offers a refreshing counterpoint to the region’s storied stylistic traditions.


Known for his architectural enthusiasm, exploratory spirit, and fearless dedication to contemporary designs, celebrated local architect Jeff Harnar created the unique two-bedroom home as his personal residence.


Harnar’s years of hard-won wisdom culminate here, and many of his award-winning design features make appearances, alongside such thoughtful details as storage cabinets and nooks hidden behind flush push-latch doors, a raising guest bed, an open-air shower, and a floating contoured stone tub that beckons in the master bath.


The openness of the central floor plan—which includes an office area, an efficient kitchen, and a fluid living and dining space—facilitates carefree day-to-day living and festive gatherings for a crowd.


In keeping with Harnar’s widely recognized sensitivity to site, the residence gives the rugged landscape and breathtaking mountain vistas the respect they demand.


The home is embraced by the surrounding earth, its sweeping rooflines melding with striking walls of glass and steel, offering a rare vantage of the city and majestic Sangre de Cristo Mountains from the city’s hardy west side.


Thriving native flora—piñons, junipers, and ponderosa pines, with their distinctive silhouettes—envelop the home and its alfresco spaces, encouraging life lived outside walls.


A grand stone and concrete patio with a built-in grill, flowerbeds, a vegetable garden, and a wide-open gravel-paved patio encourage relaxing in the shade, reveling in New Mexico’s famous fresh air, and practically unparalleled stargazing at night.


The oversized garage opens to a studio or workshop ideal for a sculptor or painter to pursue inspiration and, much like the setting, a new and invigorating artistic creation.


$1,100,000 / Santa Fe, NM 87501