Brad Tomecek

Photo by Paul Miller

Brad Tomecek’s interest in architecture was sparked at a very young age. “I was always imagining things and places and then drawing versions of what they might look like,” he says. “My father was a general contractor for a bit of time when I was young, and he would take me to his sites.”

These days, he heads the award-winning Tomecek Studio, a boutique practice with a staff of five that is hands-on with both the clients and the process. The size of the firm, he says, “allows us to be nimble and wear many hats in the design and building industry. We explore ways of making things that range from ‘pieces’ for Denver Art Museum events to different approaches to prefabrication.”

This residence takes advantage of specific view vectors to Long’s Peak and the mountains of the front range combined with a morning and evening courtyard for exterior living. The roof allows clerestory light into the space, and the long stone wall provides a reference linking the public and private and inside and outside into a cohesive whole.

Tomecek’s approach places a high value on exploring unique programs and tailoring solutions to an individual client’s needs. “Our studio structure is very horizontal,” he says. “We collaborate with our clients, and together as a team, to understand the best possible solution.” The group is currently working on projects ranging from custom residences to creative commercial spaces to 28-unit townhomes.

This 28-unit townhouse project from Studio HT consists of multi- and single-family homes just two blocks from Sloan’s Lake. The design takes advantage of city and mountain views while surrounding a private urban park and garden.

The firm has certainly been a part of several creative and beautiful homes, yet when asked about his favorites, Tomecek cites a residence of a different kind. “We were asked to reconsider a contemporary version of a chicken coop,” he says. The final design involved a translucent cube with a wooden nesting box. “The research to do a proper, functioning chicken coop and not just a visually pleasing coop was what made the project fantastic,” he says. “The in-depth detailing with the contractor to pull off a functioning piece of art was very rewarding.”

This ultra-modern chicken coop is part of an in-progress homestead in the Black Hills, envisioned as a full-time residence, part-time guest house and fully functional barn. The conceptual goal of the project is to use the structures to illustrate the evolution of how people use materials, harness natural light and, most importantly, create and design useful spaces, all while telling a story of the modernization of architectural design.

Tomecek’s addition to this Broomfield residence becomes an exploration of the earth and sky and grounds itself to the site, bridging the gap between traditional form and the dynamics of an evolving family. Here, a monumental bar and its intersection with the existing farmhouse organize the site into four quadrants, supporting the house’s interior functions as well as the primary structure of the roof plain above.

BRAD TOMECEK | Tomecek Studio Architecture
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