Tom Ford is one of the most fascinating creative minds in the world. Whether he’s designing a brilliant new fashion collection, or dropping our jaws with his mindblowing 2009 film A Single Man, Tom Ford’s style is consistently inspiring. Before he began his career in fashion, Ford studied architecture in New York, and this love affair with architecture has continued and evolved throughout his life. The owner of numerous properties around the world, including London, Paris, and Los Angeles, Ford also owns a stunning 24,000-acre property in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The site is home to Ford’s stunning horse ranch which he commissioned renowned Japanese architect Tadao Ando to design.
Alex Garkavenko of Architizer writes: “Introducing bold geometry and his signature stoic concrete walls into the New Mexico landscape, Ando envelopes and highlights portions of barren land and turns them into monumental ‘scapes of form and light. The rustic color palette of the surrounding landscape permeates into the complex, filling the space with burnt tones of the soil and the heavy blues of the sky and water. Add Ando’s skillful control of circulation to the mix, and you essentially have a sprawling chapel in the desert. The architect does, after all, admit to approaching religious and residential buildings the same way, saying that ‘dwelling in a house is not only a functional issue, but also a spiritual one.”
Thanks to my friend Christopher Lyle of LyleArchitects.ca in Toronto for giving me the heads up on this beautiful project. The images below are courtesy of photographer Guido Mocafico, and were first featured in the December 2010/January 2011 issue of VOGUE Paris. For all things Tom Ford be sure to visit TOMFORD.com, and to learn more about the extraordinary work of architect Tadao Ando CLICK HERE.