501 Rio Grande Place
Aspen, CO 81611
+1 970 920 9428
3550 Frontier Avenue
Boulder, CO 80301
+1 720 277 0098
This exposed ranch-land site provides 360 degree views of the surrounding Roaring Fork Valley with little natural vegetation. The design focuses on integrating shading techniques within an exoskeletal structure. A deep profiled structure, which is pulled away from the building envelope, creating a shaded loggia, offers shelter from the intense southern sun. The lower level is buried into the hillside and is covered with a living roof. This concept draws both the visitor and owner to grade and one ascends the project through a vaulted space via a sculptural stair. The upper plan enjoys expansive views of the Maroon Creek Wilderness and Woody Creek Valley.
In form, two perpendicular volumes extend out of the ground, together suggesting an agricultural ‘relic’ that is partially buried into the landscape, reminiscent of the sub-grade potato sheds which formerly occupied the site. Embodying the concept of non-finito, this house embraces a simple plan and clear structural organization through unrefined, tactile material expression.
The Guest Pavilion, designed as a companion piece to the residence, is a low-slung structure which sits in a meadow overlooking the Roaring Fork Valley. Two horizontal planes floating above the landscape define the architecture and its relation to the site while a rythmic pattern of vertical columns provide a structural band wrapping the building. Wood and weathered metal materials ground the building to the natural landscape, while abundant glass panels open the interior spaces to the surrounding views.