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Aspen

501 Rio Grande Place

Suite 104

Aspen, CO 81611

+1 970 920 9428

Boulder

3550 Frontier Avenue

Unit A-2

Boulder, CO 80301

+1 720 277 0098

Location

Aspen, CO

Awards

2011 AIA Colorado West Merit Award

2009 AIA Denver Architects Choice Award

The 1.75-acre site is wedged between steep avalanche fields beneath Shadow Mountain and overhangs Castle Creek below. Topography slopes twenty-four feet across the building envelop and the angularity of it offered both challenges and opportunity. The site offers expansive views and an ‘in-town’ location while exposed to intensive full-day sun and avalanche concerns.

The plan accepts the many angularities of the site and the resulting architecture reflects this. The house integrates with the landscape architecture and the resulting terraces, gardens and decks yield several exterior spaces while capturing specific views. The roof and eave projections not only serve as shading canopies, but also deflect the sound of the river below into the interiors.