Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch - Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch Entry Gate – Jackson, Wyoming

Architect’s Journal Entry

BAR BC RANCH – Jackson, Wyoming:  Greeted with warm smiles and hardy handshakes, I was recently welcomed as a visiting Architect and well received guest at a Ranch House BBQ hosted by Hillwood; a Perot Company http://www.hillwood.com/ and Sotheby’s International Realty of Jackson, Wyoming http://www.jhsir.com/

To say that I felt at home and amongst friends would be an understatement; this group of top-notch professionals shared in conversation and aspiration as though I had been a valued acquaintance that could be measured in years.  But then again the Bar BC is no stranger to camaraderie, laughter and the simple enjoyment of people gathered at a magnificent setting.  Fact is…stories of Bar BC Cowboys and Cowboy want-to-be’s began in 1912 and by the 1920’s was known as one of the most famous Dude Ranches in the region.

Embracing a rich heritage and the significant remembrance of place held within the hearts of generations, Hillwood concluded that all ranch improvements would be rooted in stewardship and an absolute appreciation for the land.  Roads and trails would blend with natural scenery, scenic overlooks and majestic views.  The dual mission would also conserve wildlife corridors, while also providing for private use and enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind setting.

Upon leaving and thanking my hostess for a good time had by all, a small herd of elk was seen grazing in the lush grass found in abundance surrounding a larger pond located interior to this unique community.

When you have the time, drop by and visit the Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming http://www.barbcranch.com/ and check out Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ schematics prepared for your enjoyment and preview found within the yurt located at parcel 12; or alternatively at the gate house leading to the few remaining parcels expected to be sold in the near term.  #djawest

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Cowboys and Aliens a New Project Concept

Cowboys and Aliens a New Project Concept

Graphic Art courtesy Dennis Calero

COWBOYS AND ALIENS a New Project Concept #djawestThe works of Dan Turvey of Dan Joseph Architects stands as a responsible approach to historic interpretation of western dwellings.  His energy conscious designs combine a love of form, local materials, structural expressiveness and nature, defining a style that becomes as much of the surrounding landscape as does the dramatic views surrounding his practical solutions.

At a very basic level the Art of Architecture is often about stirring imagination, interest and excitement; to incorporate a twist of curiosity while seeking a new plane of creativity, says Turvey. “My method has been to consider the arts, literature, music, science and history…inspiring a unique architectural response to a perceived or shared need.”

Recently, a book later turned movie titled “Cowboys & Aliens” featuring Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowboys_%26_Aliens has generated inspiration and an exciting new approach for a modern western vernacular.  However the movie or story line isn’t so much a source of motivation, says Turvey…but rather the title.  For Dan the title “Cowboys & Alien” suggests organic, with site specific queues which are firmly rooted in a western past; while also embracing cutting edge, modern materials and expressions…perhaps best termed as a “Modern Western”.

Dan suggests that it may be helpful to alternatively think about the blending of other extremes like music i.e.: Rock-n-Roll and Country or for instance Mannheim Steamroller’s best selling Christmas melodies; a body of work we all recognize as traditional, holiday standards, which utilize a modern vibe and distinct instrumentation.  “Likewise and in the visual world, a Modern Western is about creating a new appearance informed by nature, our past, expressed, mixed and supplemented with a futuristic vision” says Turvey.

To infuse this original concept with momentum and notable, significant credibility, Dan has obtained commitments from Cowboys & Aliens co-author Andrew Foley http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Foley_(writer) and famed graphic artist Dennis Calero (see pic above) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Calero to join Dan Joseph Architects in a collaborative exploration of what it means to be both Cowboy & Alien; or moreover a Modern Western.  There is no doubt, says Turvey “that the work product generated by this outstanding team will be worthy of much attention.”

Certainly, this one-of-a-kind collaborative must be informed by site specific solutions and buyer directives; therefore Dan Joseph Architects has publicly announced and welcomes a progressive owner, directing personal preferences of final character, project budgeting and schedule.

Cowboys and Aliens Project Concept inquires are encouraged to contact Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ with any questions or to just simply talk more in depth on the themed project shared.

In closing…Cowboys and Aliens is perhaps the best contemporary Western Movie ever made; the actors are credible, authentic and unforgettable.  The various scenes demonstrate the importance of perception, perspective, time and place woven within the fabric of a modern story line captured at its very best moments; the music is appropriate and moving…supporting a theme that gently nudges the viewer backwards in time, when life was simple and valor most admired.