Project Spotlight: Aspen Police Department

We love our residential work, and the civic projects that benefit the community, equally make our jobs beyond meaningful. To that end, we are honored to share with you the Aspen Police Department.

Standing three levels tall, the building features open workspaces and a variety of areas for social and impromptu gatherings, secure and private spaces, a workout room, and an underground garage. The main lobby is connected to a second floor community room with an expansive deck overlooking downtown and Aspen Mountain.

In addition to a communal, open space, sustainability is integral to the overall design. Renewable energy is produced on-site by a rooftop 46.9 kW photovoltaic array. Rainwater is recycled by planters and a green roof over the open space, allowing the building to use the collected water to irrigate the plants. Finally, in an effort to truly make the building meet environmentally-friendly standards, the building achieves LEED and WELL Building standards.

In addition to sustainability, we designed the building with functionality, security and safety, hoping to augment both the character of and connection with the Aspen community.
To see more photos, click here.

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CCA Brings Yacht Design to Small Snowmass Condo

When two Detroit families came together in 1998, and purchased their Snowmass Village condo, it was well before their collective six children were in the picture. Twenty years later, it was time for a much-needed reconfiguration and refresh.

This month, we are excited that Mountain Living Magazine featured the remodel. Entitled, “A Pocket-Sized Condo That Packs a Punch,” the article highlights many of the clever design solutions our team designed in. “The design of small spaces is very much like good yacht design,” stated Charles.

A lighting system that mirrored natural light (as it changes from morning to night), neutral wall colors and cozy-but-light-hued fabrics all make the home much brighter and feel bigger. Custom built-in cabinets, a new and open kitchen, efficiently designed storage, and smartly scaled furniture all gave this once cramped space, a new life.

On newstands now and also found here.

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CCA Attends Aspen City Offices Groundbreaking

Our team was excited to join city officials, Shaw Construction and the community in the Aspen City Offices ground breaking ceremony. After the successful completion of the new Aspen Police Department, we are honored to be on-board for the design of the City’s new offices. The new 37,000 sq ft office building include offices for fourteen City departments as part of a ‘Civic Campus’ including the main library, Police and Sheriff’s departments, the historic Courthouse and jail complexes, parking – all opening to public plazas connecting to downtown Aspen. Being a part of Aspen’s history; and being able to provide the City with the best in architectural services is something our team is immensely proud of!  

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CCA’s Marks the 100th Year Anniversary of Bauhaus

This year, we are thrilled to be sponsoring the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus Exhibit. The celebration will be held in Aspen from February to August and features weekly events from workshops and art walk tours to art exhibits and children’s activities, all open to the public.

A modernist art school founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, Bauhaus was for emphasizing the integration and equality of all the visual arts. In 1946, Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer arrived in Aspen, the same year the Aspen Ski corporation opened. The result was a transformation from sleepy mountain town to what we know Aspen to be now.

“Bauhaus was avant-garde experimentation,” says Charles Cunniffe, “and the influence continues today, so we are very excited to be sponsoring it.”

To see the entire calendar of events, click here.

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Casual Luxury Mountain Home featured in Robb Report

This month, luxury lifestyle magazine Robb Report, features one of our most spectacular projects, and we couldn’t be more proud of the home and the coverage. Located in Aspen, CO, the 14,000 square foot winter escape, features state of the art architectural upgrades such as: opening the home to the views, refining the interior layout, and vastly improving the home’s lower level.

The overall aim, according to Charles, was to transform a dated mountain home into a place where homeowners could connect to family and nature.

Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the Interior Design firm, Pembrooke & Ives who added key touches such as Kelly Wearstler chairs, a shearling carpet, and rift cut oak bunk beds, that give the home a sense of luxury– and pop of color– without sacrificing the comfort that the family desired.

To read the entire article, pick up the latest Robb Report on newsstands now!

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In the News: Winter 2019

Each quarter, we send out an e-newsletter highlighting the past few months of completed work, milestones, accolades, etc. Boy was 2018 a banner year for CCA! Between our features in Architectural Digest, Luxe, Modlar, etc – to the completion of essential affordable housing, pro-bono work, public safety facilities and luxury residential projects – 2018 was beyond successful. We’re excited to share all the news with you, and don’t worry – there’s more good to come in 2019!

To read our latest news, click here.

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Placer Housing

“It’s important to give back to the community that I’ve gotten so much from over the past 40 years. It makes us better people– and it makes us a better firm,” stated Charles in a recent interview with Modlar. This has been a guiding ethos for our firm, led by Charles himself. It was also the impetus for our newly constructed affordable housing project in Telluride, Colorado.

Called Virginia Placer, the project is a combination of communal living, tiny homes and apartment units; designed for Telluride’s residents who are the backbone and soul of this often unaffordable ski town. Comprised of 18 apartment units, a 46-bed Boarding House and 3 Tiny Homes, the project accommodates a mix of incomes, individuals and families. The design team balanced budget, sustainability and livability by incorporating passive solar and ventilation, ample storage, large windows, and durable and maintenance-free materials.

While we love designing luxury homes, we also find it rewarding to give back to our community by designing community-based projects. “If you have the ability to have a positive effect on your community, I think you have an obligation to do it,” says Charles.

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Vote for CCA in the LUXE Red Awards!

Each year Luxe Magazine holds the LUXE Red Awards, and this year we’ve entered some of our favorite designs. The easiest way to find our entries is to head over to the Awards Page, and select “Colorado” to find Charles Cunniffe Architects’s entries.

Entered, are Aspen Glam, Elk Peak Ranch, Desert Oasis and Durant Condo. All residential designs that we’re greatly proud of! The variety of design styles, shows the strength within our design team. Each project is unique to its site, its owners, the views and program. A big shout out to our team, each builder and team of consultants on all of the projects – and to our wonderful clients who allow us to do what we love!

So – let the voting begin! Vote here!

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Modlar.com Interviews Charles Cunniffe

We all know and love Modlar.com, but have you listened to their podcast ‘The Modern Architect’ yet? The radio show + podcast features weekly interviews with renowned architects, influential industry veterans, and thought leaders who are helping shape design. In this episode, host Tom Dioro sits down with Charles to discuss all things design, early inspirations, culture of design, sculpture, community, and a little philosophy.

In talking about courage,” states Cunniffe, “you need to be courageous enough to be innovative…to try something bigger than yourself. Bigger than the program. Take a risk and put yourself out there. If you’re going to have a positive influence on humanity and your community, you have to have the courage to put your foot in the door and push it open, and hope that you can make a difference with something you have to say or something to show.”

Broadcast live every week on Stanford University’s KZSU and Modlar.com, its a great listen (but please excuse the early technical difficulties).

To listen, visit Modlar.com

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CCA’s Aspen Glam featured in LUXE Magazine

One of our favorite projects this year is featured in the November/December edition of LUXE Magazine. A collaboration with interior designer (and the homeowners’ daughter) Sterling McDavid, this once dated estate was transformed for Sterling’s father, real estate mogul, David McDavid into a world class retreat, complete with a state-of-art spa, floor to ceiling views, and a stunning collection of pop art. 

Pick up a copy on stands in Colorado now!

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