VISION

SKYLARK

A collection of extraordinary residences
exquisitely integrated into the
surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.

EXPLORE
A VISIONARY

Concept

Skylark, a collection of exceptional residences in the extraordinary Blue Ridge Mountains. Led by Peter Bohlin, founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, a team of artisans and visionary conservationists has come together to create homes of great beauty and imagination that embrace the breathtaking landscape. Compassionately conceived to endure and steeped in adventure, Skylark celebrates the unity of nature and humankind.

AN EXCEPTIONAL

Architect

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson is known for exceptional design and a commitment to finding individuality in place and person that has yielded some of the most iconic buildings of the last century. Peter Bohlin imagines Skylark as an opportunity to design emotionally powerful buildings that live up to the site in their varied nature.

Select a house
  • BLUE RIDGE RETREAT
  • BLUE RIDGE GUEST HOUSE
  • ROCK POINT
  • CLIFFSIDE
  • TWELVE RIDGES
  • PRIEST VIEW
  • DANCING ROCK
  • CASCADE RIDGE
  • PINE VIEW
  • TOWER VIEW

Blue Ridge
Retreat

A familiar farmhouse complex, barely glimpsed from the Blue Ridge Parkway but recognizable to all who know the landscape, revived as a gathering place for new memories. Visitors are greeted by a court of earlier agrarian ruins in the shade of a grove of great trees, providing a natural landscape for small and large groups to gather. A glass-enclosed reception room with a welcoming fireplace opens to a deck that extends the full length of the building. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS

Below there are spaces for gathering, rest and study that look out into the valley. Light streams in from the south end of the lower-level hallway, where a reading room leads out to a sheltered deck. Comfortable, broad steps for seating look through dense pines to a distant view.

Illustrations

  • Forest View
  • Aerial View
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Floorplan

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  • UPPER
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Blue Ridge
Guest House

To preserve expansive views from the hilltop clearing above the Blue Ridge Retreat, the Guest House burrows into the slope of the surrounding hill. One gazes down onto the shadow line of a long, low structure in the hillside; a roof cover of earth and grass ensures its camouflage. Carefully-planned living spaces and outdoor decks look out onto an extraordinary distant landscape with tall grasses rolling down the valley.

Volumes of the house and adjoining pool hug the hill; a wall breaks between these to reveal steps that rise to a winding hilltop path, at the base of which a fire pit nestles in the landscape. The Guest House is a secluded respite deep within the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

SEE ILLUSTRATIONS

Illustrations

  • Aerial View
  • Cross Section
  • Living Room
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Floorplan

  • ENTRY
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Rock Point

Rugged plinths of reclaimed barn wood with delicate glass volumes above twist around a massive slab of bedrock that extends from the earth at the hilltop. Arrival at Rock Point is announced by a glowing glass lantern-like enclosure. Traveling through a burst of pine trees and a dense deciduous forest there is a glimpse of light and open sky; a gentle incline pulls visitors to a clearing on the hill’s crest where Rock Point sits. The entry hall and expansive outdoor decks welcome visitors with sweeping views of the mountain vistas. SEE ILLUSTRATIONS

Fir-framed ceilings incline toward the sky, emphasizing views of the surrounding ridges. A tapered, towering fireplace anchors gathering spaces, opening indoors to the great room and outside to the lichen-covered rock mass, extending the warmth of the home to the outdoors.

Illustrations

  • Exterior Perspective
  • Aerial View
SEE FLOORPLAN

Floorplan

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  • UPPER
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Cliffside

A prominent rock ledge defines the point at which the landscape drops into dense woods. Looking out through a veil of upper branches to expansive views of the mountains beyond, Cliffside perches like a treehouse in the forest. A delicate bridge springs from the weathered rock at the forest’s edge to the glowing glass entry hall of Cliffside. Multi-level enclosures to each side, one for waking activities and one for rest, are afforded spectacular views from the transparent volume that joins them; at the back of the house, slender structural

columns rising from the forest floor support expanses of glass and shielded, cantilevered outdoor decks. Lower-level spaces built into the rock cliff shelter quiet rooms. Cliffside playfully engages the landscape and blurs the line between house and forest, blending into the vertical tree trunks and becoming part of the leafy canopy.

SEE ILLUSTRATIONS

Illustrations

  • Exterior Perspective
  • Summer
SEE FLOORPLAN

Floorplan

  • ENTRY
  • LOWER
BACK TO MAP

Twelve Ridges

From the highest point in Skylark, Twelve Ridges commands breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.The road up Round Mountain travels along a dense, old forest to arrive at a high meadow of field grass where Twelve Ridges rests against the side of the mountain just below the summit. A massive stone fireplace and chimney anchor the home to the landscape with rooms spreading out on either side.

Columns rise from the sloping hillside to support a series of decks and airy rooms with roofs that slant upward and allow breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Clouds float overhead, casting painterly shadows on the rolling hills and ridges in the valley below.

SEE ILLUSTRATIONS

Illustrations

  • Aerial View
  • Exterior View
SEE FLOORPLAN

Floorplan

  • ENTRY
  • LOWER
BACK TO MAP

Blue Ridge Retreat

A familiar farmhouse complex, barely glimpsed from the Blue Ridge Parkway but recognizable to all who know the landscape, revived as a gathering place for new memories. Visitors are greeted by a court of earlier agrarian ruins in the shade of a grove of great trees, providing a natural landscape for small and large groups to gather. A glass-enclosed reception room with a welcoming fireplace opens to a deck that extends the full length of the building.

Below there are spaces for gathering, rest and study that look out into the valley. Light streams in from the south end of the lower-level hallway, where a reading room leads out to a sheltered deck. Comfortable, broad steps for seating look through dense pines to a distant view.

Forest View

Aerial View

Floorplan
Lower

Floorplan
Upper

Blue Ridge Guest House

To preserve expansive views from the hilltop clearing above the Blue Ridge Retreat, the Guest House burrows into the slope of the surrounding hill. One gazes down onto the shadow line of a long, low structure in the hillside; a roof cover of earth and grass ensures its camouflage. Carefully-planned living spaces and outdoor decks look out onto an extraordinary distant landscape with tall grasses rolling down the valley.

Volumes of the house and adjoining pool hug the hill; a wall breaks between these to reveal steps that rise to a winding hilltop path, at the base of which a fire pit nestles in the landscape. The Guest House is a secluded respite deep within the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Aerial View

Cross Section

Living Room

Floorplan
Entry

Rock Point

Rugged plinths of reclaimed barn wood with delicate glass volumes above twist around a massive slab of bedrock that extends from the earth at the hilltop. Arrival at Rock Point is announced by a glowing glass lantern-like enclosure.Traveling through a burst of pine trees and a dense deciduous forest there is a glimpse of light and open sky; a gentle incline pulls visitors to a clearing on the hill’s crest where Rock Point sits. The entry hall and expansive outdoor decks welcome visitors with sweeping views of the mountain vistas.

Fir-framed ceilings incline toward the sky, emphasizing views of the surrounding ridges. A tapered, towering fireplace anchors gathering spaces, opening indoors to the great room and outside to the lichen-covered rock mass, extending the warmth of the home to the outdoors.

Exterior
Perspective

Aerial View

Floorplan
Lower

Floorplan
Upper

Cliffside

A prominent rock ledge defines the point at which the landscape drops into dense woods. Looking out through a veil of upper branches to expansive views of the mountains beyond, Cliffside perches like a treehouse in the forest.A delicate bridge springs from the weathered rock at the forest’s edge to the glowing glass entry hall of Cliffside. Multi-level enclosures to each side, one for waking activities and one for rest, are afforded spectacular views from the transparent volume that joins them; at the back of the house, slender structural columns rising from the forest floor support expanses of glass and shielded, cantilevered outdoor decks.

Lower-level spaces built into the rock cliff shelter quiet rooms. Cliffside playfully engages the landscape and blurs the line between house and forest, blending into the vertical tree trunks and becoming part of the leafy canopy.

Exterior
Perspective

Summer

Floorplan
Entry

Floorplan
Lower

Floorplan
Upper

Twelve Ridges

From the highest point in Skylark, Twelve Ridges commands breathtaking views as far as the eye can see.The road up Round Mountain travels along a dense, old forest to arrive at a high meadow of field grass where Twelve Ridges rests against the side of the mountain just below the summit. A massive stone fireplace and chimney anchor the home to the landscape with rooms spreading out on either side.

Columns rise from the sloping hillside to support a series of decks and airy rooms with roofs that slant upward and allow breathtaking views as far as the eye can see. Clouds float overhead, casting painterly shadows on the rolling hills and ridges in the valley below.

Aerial View

Exterior View

Floorplan
Entry

Floorplan
Lower

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