Cheri Belz

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Cheri Belz

CHERI BELZ, ARCHITECTboulder, coloradoCheri Belz specializes in modern, organic-styled customhomes with an Asian flair. Each home, with a uniqueflow of forms and spaces, is approached with a deeprespect for the environment, incorporating passivesolar gain and using natural regional materials. Herdesigns are site specific, with the form and scale ofthe project carefully integrated into the landscape.Designing around existing elements rather thanuprooting mature trees or natural boulders leads toa curious interplay between curves and linear planesthat are then echoed in the roof forms. This hasbecome one of the trademarks for which Belz isknown and admired. Initially trained as a fine artist, shespent nearly a decade exhibiting in galleries andmuseums. This led to a deep appreciation for sculpturalforms and the evolving aspect of architecture that isapparent in both her process and final designs. Projectsbegin with a basic design, which is enhanced by acollaborative effort of artists who work alongside Belzduring construction in completing the details of eachhome. These include metal sculptors for stairways;woodworkers for cabinetry; concrete artists for casttubs, sinks and countertops; door carvers; andlandscape architects.58LEADING RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTSNestled into the hillside, this home’s “green” sod roof deck affords 360-degree views of the surrounding landscape.GOING GREEN


CHERI BELZ, ARCHITECTWALLS OF GLASS BRING THE OUTSIDE INTO THE KITCHEN.THE CURVED STAIR WITH CUSTOM METAL RAILING FLOATS OVER THE FAMILY ROOM.THIS LUXURIOUS MASTER BATH HAS A CAST-CONCRETETUB AND GLASS-MOSAIC TILED STEAM SHOWER.THIS CARVED MAHOGANY DOOR WITH INLAID STONE OPENSTO A SKYLIT FOYER WITH A NICHED, CURVED ART WALL.NATURAL ELEMENTSExisting boulders and trees were preserved by designing the house around and over them.LEADING RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTS61


CHERI BELZ, ARCHITECTWINDOWS IN THE TWO-LEVEL FOYER PROVIDE PASSIVE SOLAR GAIN.STAGGERED AND CANTILEVERED SPACES WITHABUNDANT GLASS OFFER BREATHTAKING VIEWS.62LEADING RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTSContrasting curvilinear and angular planes provide an interesting and inviting entry façade.PLAY OF PLANES

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