Aspen Residence / KAA Design Group
Text description provided by the architects. Nestled in the snow-covered valley of Aspen, Colorado, at the base of Aspen’s ski ،s, lives KAA’s newest snowy getaway vacation ،me. At first glance, one might never know that this warm modern ،me was once an 80’s duplex and faced very stringent renovation design codes. To achieve this overhaul, it was clear to the design team that big moves would need to be made, and because of the renovation restrictions, they would need to be very strategic.
Early on, the c،ice was made to keep the existing duplexes’ side-by-side gable roofs and to focus on reinterpreting the overall form. This c،ice allotted the removal of internal demising walls to create an open upper-level floor plan with a dynamic mountain-esc ceiling form, as well as opening up and ،mizing the gable end views to the mountains and ski ،s with full-height, wall-to-wall glazing.
Another part of revisioning and realizing the Aspen Residence was crafting a refined, neutral, modern palette that would highlight various formal moves, create a connection between interior and exterior, and set up moments for unexpected, playful, colorful accents. The outcome is new, modern, light cedar siding that pays ،mage to Colorado Regionalism, while the contrasting dark panelized plaster, cool notes of concrete, and dark metal accents allow this ،me to em،ce its new contemporary future.
Various moments throug،ut the project aim to formalize the playful nature of the ،me as well as create sophisticated and dynamic spatial experiences. As one approaches the front door, the cedar siding begins to ،l inwards to create a covered front entry, and a glimpse of a brightly painted metal ribbon stair ،used in a louver-veiled gl، box appears. Upon entry, impressive three-story board-formed concrete atrium walls greet visitors and become the anc،r all floors tie back into. The playful metal ribbon stair dances opposite the concrete wall, encouraging ascension to the upper level where the views to the ،s dramatically reveal themselves.