Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge
The Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge is located on a naturally rolling, heavily wooded ridge overlooking the Talkeetna River. The 100 room main lodge and four guest cabins orient northwest, capturing views of Denali and the Alaska Range.
A clerestory in the main lodge frames magnificent views from every direction, while maximizing a diverse quality of light to the common spaces below. Natural earth tones are used throughout the facility, featuring Alaska spruce log columns, and Alaska birch paneling, along with a three-story grand fireplace of Matanuska River rock. Trails from the lodge are integrated with Talkeetna's existing ski trail system, allowing uninterrupted non-motorized travel into the community just a mile away.
Roofs are steeply pitched to complement mountain forms with deep overhangs to protect the building and its guests from the elements. The exterior features a cement block wainscot that extends to the bottom of first-story windows, offering a durable base for the natural wood finishes of the upper stories. The entry canopy covers an ice-free radiant heated walkway, enhancing safety and protection against the elements.
In the fall of 1999, KAI designed a 100-room, 62,000 SF addition that included a dining/conference room space, main level additions including revision of circulation, stairway, kitchen and bar expansion, and laundry room.