Best of the Boat: Best Architect — Brandt Vanderbosch/Vertical Arts
It’s a special architectural firm that is willing to take on such details as designing custom dining tables and logos for entry gates. Those are just a few examples of how far architect Brandt Vanderbosch, principal, and his team at Vertical Arts is willing to go to ensure the homes and commercial buildings they deliver fulfill their clients’ visions.
“We try to go through an envisioning process with each of our clients to better realize their dreams and vision,” Vanderbosch says. “We’re there to help walk them through it, and pull it out of them.”
In order to do that, Vertical Arts has incorporated landscape architecture and interior design, with a related business, Stel House and Home, into its practice. It’s an approach that has won the company clients from Colorado’s Front Range and across the Pacific Ocean in New Zealand.
The approach also won the firm Colorado Homes & Lifestyle’s Best Home of the Year award for Tazi Ranch, a Larkspur residence with equestrian facilities that appear integral to the eastern foothills of the Front Range while subtly evoking the architectural forms of the client’s native Casablanca with a hidden courtyard.
To succeed with that strategy, Vanderbosch and his staff conduct numerous client meetings, then turn to the latest computer graphics to help pre-visualize spaces in the home before the first stone is turned at the site.
It’s this attention to detail, Vanderbosch says, that ensures the completed building is in harmony with the natural landscape surrounding it and that the furnishings inside are consistent with the design aesthetics. And all this is extremely rewarding to the Vertical Arts team.
In the case of the award-winning Larkspur home, the clients began with a “very Tuscan-style home, with Old World columns,” but ultimately went in a different direction — a home that evokes a low-profile village surrounding a courtyard. To get there, the Vertical Arts team took the clients on a virtual tour of the home’s interior on the computer screen. Contractors get the same tour.
“We take our mouse and walk our clients through the house,” Vanderbosch says. “It helps everyone visualize what the finished project will look like.”
The company uses that same process on its projects in Steamboat, from residences too numerous to count to the new Deer Park Road Corp. building at the base of the Trailhead gondola and the stunning bar at the new Cloverdale restaurant in a converted historic home downtown.
It’s this breadth of work, but more importantly their attention to detail and ability to truly discern clients’ desires, that earned them Best Architect in this year’s contest.
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