ARCHITECTURE: A Ranch for Mr. Tom Ford

The celebrated fashion designer, collaborates with the award-winning architect  Tadao Ando, and the results are exquisite.

Text: Mary Giatra


On the warm earth of Santa Fe, New Mexico, sits a 24.000-acre property that belongs to a very different cowboy. This ranch, provides a fully equipped equine facility and an amazing scenery. The owner, is no other than the fashion designer and film director Tom Ford.


Ando’s Japanese aesthetic blends well with the landscape and the images created are stunning. Bold geometry, raw concrete and big portions of barren land, are the key characteristics. The dynamic forms and the flowing light create a unique dialogue throughout the day and as the sun moves over the ranch, the game of shadows begins. The color palette, is rusty and fits well to the bright blue of the sky and the earthly tones of the area around. But there is also a religious calmness in the place as well. As Ford stated, “dwelling in a house is not only a functional issue, but also a spiritual one.”

Before his immersion, followed by a great success, into the fashion industry, Mr. Ford had actually studied architecture in New York. Although he isn’t currently designing buildings, his love and interest in architecture keep growing and growing.

Photos: Guido Mocafico