This mountain contemporary residence is a private luxury home that is situated in Vail Valley, Colorado, designed by Points West Architecture in collaboration with Robyn Scott Interiors. The home is comprised of 10,000 square feet of living space with a 1,500 square foot guest house. This unique project was a perfect example of how a team consisting of the architect, designer and client collaborated to create optimal design. This 3 ½-year project reflects the elements required to create the clients’ vision: zen, organic, simple, and comfortable. The home offers sweeping views of a striking mountainscape in the distance, with plenty of property for outdoor activities for family and guests. The warm and welcoming interiors provides a perfect holiday escape and the perfect place to entertain.
This stunning home won awards for Best Bed/Bath: 2010 ASID Colorado Chapter and Best Contemporary Kitchen: 2010 ASID Colorado Chapter.
Photos: Teri Fotheringham Photography
Aspen Manor is a luxury mountain retreat designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, situated on four acres at the base of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado’s posh Starwood neighborhood. At approximately 20,000 square feet, this stone-and-stucco Bavarian-style house utilizes as much glass as possible to encompass the views, all the while creating a warm, mountain escape for the owners. The Owner’s philanthropic engagements lead to programming to include spaces for sizable party tents, valet, catering, staff accommodations and lavish guests suites. The design includes 12 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, an office, wine cellar and tasting room, gym, pilot’s quarters, pool and outdoor entertaining areas and a guest house.
The retreat is perched on a hill with a 70-mile panorama of snow-capped mountains. Outside a slate patio includes a pizza oven and entertainment area next to an Infinity swimming pool. A hot tub edged by large rocks is fed by a stream that runs under a wooden bridge.
The couple, pictured here, bought the property in 2006 for $20 million before embarking on a multi-million-dollar renovation. Mr. Powers, 53, was formerly a managing director and senior portfolio manager of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO). Mrs. Power’s grandparents owned the Mississippi Delta plantation Dockery Farms. She is a trustee of the farm, now a historical site, and also funds a program that provides music education to children in the South.
Aspen interior designer Linda Bedell says it went from “overdone, Los Angeles nouveau riche” to the look of “a grand European country house.”
In the “Grand Room,” a wide open living room with 50-foot-high wood beam ceilings, a Joan Miro tapestry hangs above a vast stone fireplace.
Ms. Powers’ office includes an Andy Warhol painting.
Inside, the views compete with a top-shelf contemporary art collection. It starts in the entry, shown here, where a large Roy Lichtenstein oil hangs on gray cashmere-covered walls.
Linear House is nestled on a private 22-acre site with spectacular views to the Elk Mountain Range in Aspen, Colorado. It was designed by Studio B Architects, providing both a cozy refuge from the cold and a stunning perch at an elevation of 9,500 feet from which to gaze at the surrounding peaks. With a confined building envelop set against the White River National Forest and within a dense aspen stand, the construction and staging area was quite limited. The Hong Kong-based clients requested that every tree possible be saved. A licensed Colorado geologist was required for county approvals, verifying historical avalanche chutes and established Aspen groves. This process required a year and was subject to controversial review.
With clients circling the globe and often in differing places themselves, communication, material/sample review and securing decisions proved very challenging. At an altitude near 10,000 feet, winters offered complexities in construction with shortened seasons and heavy snows. Our design solution embraced its natural setting, minimized site disturbance and reflects the clients demand for a calculated detailed architecture second to its remarkable setting.
The horizontal L-shaped plan appears to float above a partially buried stone plinth. The upper level plan contains the public areas and houses the meditation room, library and master suite. This solution offers views from all rooms and a rooftop terrace accessed from the inner courtyard has a viewing platform and sitting area. An exterior stair divides the lower level and accesses the rear courtyard underneath the upper plan. Materials consist of Japanese plaster, weathered teak siding, glass, and hand carved Yangtze River limestone.
Photos: Derek Skalko
This super stunning concrete mountain retreat has been designed by Kaegebein Fine Homebuilding, situated on Capitol Creek Road, Snowmass, Colorado. The two-storey home features polished concrete flooring with two coats of sealer, concrete walls and a neutral color palette. Although the furnishings are modern, the soft textures and materials create a warm and welcoming environment. Large expanses of glass blurs the lines between indoors and out. The lift and slide door in the open plan living area helps to open the space up to the outdoors. The exterior facade is not a traditional wooden log home, like you would typically see in the area, which makes it unique to the area and seems to blend with its snowy landscape. The home is hidden from the street, surrounded by a heavily forested terrain a creek below the house.
The inviting living area with an incredible fireplace is the perfect spot for entertaining guests during the holiday season. All the appliances are state of the art, hinting at the inhabitants’ need for modern creature comforts.
The material used for this incredible fireplace is steel with an acid wash and lacquer.
A stairway with wooden steps leads the way to the private areas located on the second level.
Photos: Derek Skalko
Piampiano Residence is a stunning contemporary remodel by Studio B Architects in Woody Creek, Colorado. The home was originally several structures on a narrow site that were wedged between a steep embankment and the rivers edge. The architects did not want to demolish the existing house as the relationship to the Roaring Fork would then be lost. Using the existing structures for mass, scale and materials, the ordinary was transformed into a series of additions and new elements to unify the new residence blurring the boundary of existing and new.
From the Architects: Perched within the tall conifers and unable to remove them, the reclaimed siding reflects the texture/color of the trees, refers to the previous house and coupled with aluminum windows yield a maintenance-free exterior. The additions and detached garage/guest suite configurations are driven by the site and topographical constraints while providing the owner requested programmatic requirements. The simple white and maple interiors capture and reflect natural light within the heavily shaded site and provides contrast to the darker and textured exteriors. The project was completed on schedule and within three percent of the original estimated budget in the spring of 2013.
The value we offered was a vision utilizing existing conditions and saw that as an opportunity as opposed to a hindrance. Our exploration and creative use of material options, both exterior and interior enabled us to deliver a high-level of design and architecture on a limited budget.
Photos: Derek Skalko, Andrew Pogue
Lodgepole Retreat is a Rocky Mountain, Colorado getaway designed by Arch11, taking its simple form as a modern response to simple mining structures of the area. The single roof plane efficiently manages the snowfall at 9000’ above sea level while serving as a platform for the 10kw photovoltaic system that, along with an electric boiler, an air to air heat exchanger, and LED lighting, allows this 2,200 square foot house to operate at net zero energy use each year. An open-plan, glass-enclosed great room gives the sense of living in the out of doors while each private space offers carefully-framed views of specific parts of the alpine setting. All construction assemblies and materials are designed to meet the strictest fire-resistant codes.
What started as an intimate 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath cabin for a Colorado couple and their grown children, grew to 3 bedrooms and 3 baths when they began to consider space for their grandchildren. The couple had owned the property for years-spending weekends there as their two children grew from toddlers to teens. A 1960’s-era stone cabin sufficed, until the pair decided they wanted something more enduring. Having previously seen an Arch11-designed house, the couple decided they wanted a contemporary cabin. The homeowner’s wish was for unobstructed views of the majestic Rocky Mountains that surround the site. The pristine setting includes a 30 acre meadow and high alpine forests, which suggested for a design solution that should be as light on the land as possible. So light, that the owners wanted to get as close to net- zero as possible and be nearly maintenance free as well.
The living plane is elevated above the ground on a poured-in place concrete pedestal to heighten the experience of floating above the meadow. Floor to ceiling glass offers occupants an almost cinematic experience of the diurnal rhythm of the earth.
Sustainable features: Energy model was net-zero energy use, High performance, triple-pane glazing 10 kw solar array, Solar thermal system, Electric boiler with ceramic storage for radiant heat system, Natural ventilation, Large overhangs for shading, Concrete with fly-ash content, FSC-certified lumber, Formaldehyde free cabinets, Energy Star appliances, LED lighting.
Photos: Raul Garcia
This incredibly stunning modern rustic mountain retreat was built as a family compound designed by Poss Architecture in Telluride, Colorado. Rather than large and formal, the client desired the residences to be a place to relax and enjoy the mountains and the views with cascading water elements throughout. The residence is designed to appear additive as if it has been on the site for a long time. The concept of something old and something new is used with an aged appearance as you approach the house, then revealing a more modern interpretation of a barn as you move closer.
Photos: Pat Sudmeier Photography
Kern Residence is a stunning contemporary home situated in Castle Pines Village, Colorado by Semple Brown Design. The massive 12,000 square foot residence was designed similar in scale and character to the client’s loft in New York. The architects made a significant effort to create a modern and sophisticated home that mirrored the personality of the owner’s. The architecture was to be ambient, serving as a backdrop to the beautiful and meticulous landscape of Japanese Gardens, ponds, pathways and architectural features. The challenge of the design was to fit the building;s massing into a long slender lot with a significant grade change while creating the illusion of a smaller structure.
In order to best respond to the site and relate the structure to its context, the entry point into the house needed to be a full story lower in elevation than the arrival point onto the site, thus resulting in the challenge of gracefully bringing the home owners and visitors alike down to the front door through a landscaped outdoor room. The interior spaces are laid-out in a horizontal format with clean modern lines, carrying the language of the exterior inside. There is a strong and deliberate dialog between the exterior and interior spaces created within this project.
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The materials throughout include exposed integrally colored board-formed concrete, steel, glass, cedar, oak, bamboo and stucco.
Photos: Courtesy of Semple Brown Design
Granite outcrops, steep slopes and spectacular views define the form of the Sunshine Canyon House in Boulder, Colorado designed by Renée Del Gaudio Architecture, completed in 2012. Two linear volumes are stacked and crossed, reaching out to mountain views to the south, and city lights to the east. Sliding barn doors and a gabled roof tap into the forms and materials of nearby historic barns. Colorado’s vernacular style combines with the clean lines of modernism.
The 2,600 square foot building is responsive and adaptive to its environment. It addresses the topography, wind and light patterns, and the movement of the sun. Rolling barn door shutters close down the house from the cold and wind at night and open it up to the views and sun of the day. A 3.6kW solar array produces 100% of the home’s electric needs. An open floor plan allows daylight and breezes to naturally filter through all sides of the three bedroom, three bathroom home.
Exposed beams, rusted steel cladding, and industrial-size barn doors visually link the home to the community’s rural roots, but principally serve to create a fire- resistant, maintenance-free structure. Corten steel complements the landscape as it ages with a weathered, natural patina. The 2010 forest fires above Boulder, Colorado ravaged this property and burned down a cherished wood cabin. In the cabin’s place is now a smart, spirited house that connects to the past and looks towards the future.
Photos: Dana Miller
LoHi Contemporary Home has been designed by architecture firm Studio H:T in conjunction with O Interior Design in Denver, Colorado. This urban infill project juxtaposes a tall, slender curved circulation space against a rectangular living space. The tall curved metal wall was a result of bulk plane restrictions and the need to provide privacy from the public decks of the adjacent three story triplex. This element becomes the focus of the residence both visually and experientially. It acts as sun catcher that brings light down through the house from morning until early afternoon. At night it becomes a glowing, welcoming sail for visitors.
Photos: Raul Garcia