Nestled in the snow covered valley of Aspen, Colorado, at the base of the ski slopes, lives KAA’s newest snowy getaway. At first glance, one might never know that this warm modern home 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 choice was made to keep the existing duplexes’ side-by-side gable roofs and to focus on reinterpreting the overall form. This choice allowed the removal of internal demising walls to create an open upper level floor plan with a dynamic mountain-like ceiling form, as well as opening and maximizing the gable end views to the mountains and ski slopes beyond with full-height, wall-to-wall glazing.

Another part of reenvisioning and realizing the Aspen Residence was crafting a refined, neutral, modern palette that would highlight formal moves, create a connection between interior and exterior, as well as set up moments for unexpected, playful accents. The outcome is new modern, light cedar siding that pays homage to Colorado Regionalism, while the contrasting dark panelized plaster, cool notes of concrete, and dark metal accents allow this home to embrace its new contemporary future.

Numerous moments throughout the project aim to formalize the playful nature of the home, as well as create sophisticated and dynamic spacial experiences. For example, as one approaches the front door, the cedar siding begins to peel inwards to create a covered front entry, and a glimpse of a brightly painted metal ribbon stair housed in a louver veiled glass box appears. Then upon entry, an impressive three-story board-formed concrete atrium walls greets visitors, and becomes the anchor to which all floors tie back into. The playful metal ribbon stair dances opposite the concrete wall, and encourages ascension to the upper level where the views to the slopes dramatically reveal themselves.

Through careful remodeling and diligent restraint, a once unimpressive, dated duplex begins its modern transformation resulting in a snowy family retreat that capitalizes on its site’s features and redefines its future.  


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