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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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