Project: 850 SF 1 BD/2 Bath Guest House
Location: Red Mountain Road, Aspen, CO
Owner: witheld at owner's request
Cost: $250/SF Structural Engineer: SK Peightal Engineers
Contractor: Graber Construction Construction: SIP's over exposed wood and steel framing, concrete spread and pier footings, radiant heating.
Project Description: Guest House attempts to resolve an iconic house form and scale with the contemporary requirement of capturing expansive vistas. The Miesian ideal of landscape view as wallpaper is embraced and filtered through the issues of solar orientation, glass shading, and the realities of thermopane manufactured glass sizes. Rusticity is addressed as an issue of materiality. The exterior zinc cladding is continuous from wall to roof and gives the little structure a tough, rock-like appearance. Construction includes Core-ten plate steel retaining walls, a concrete living platform, and green stained shingles. Fabric curtains control daylight. There is the desire to address the extreme natural conditions of Colorado with an explicit structural expression that is both light, view enhancing, and mysterious. While the site is lost to snow most of the year, the little structure would appear to be in a fairy tale.
AIA HONOR AWARD 2001
MULTI FAMILY / MIXED USE