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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Snowmass Fire Station Ribbon Cutting

Last week’s Snowmass Fire Station ribbon cutting, was what architects’ dreams are made of.

“Everything was thought through. The thought and planning are phenomenal. You can tell the detail Charles (Cunniffe Architects) went through. And they came in ahead of time and on budget – what can you say about that?” stated Snowmass mayor, Markey Butler.

Too see over 150 residents touring the completed station made us all appreciate our profession and how great it is to work in our community. Thank you Town of Snowmass Village for the great opportunity to work with you all! To learn more, click here.

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CCA Invites You to Give this Colorado Gives Day

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow is ‘Colorado Gives Day,’ a nationwide movement to encourage philanthropy through online giving. Throughout the year, CCA provides donations, sponsorships, and pro-bono services to countless non-profit organizations. Several years ago CCA started supporting charities in lieu of tangible client gifts, and we love seeing those donations at work. Here are just a few of the many non-profits we support, and how you can give this holiday season:

River Bridge Regional CenterNationally accredited nonprofit child advocacy center, utilizing a child-centered, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and investigation of child abuse. CCA supports River Bridge Regional Center annually and has also provided pro-bono design services for the center in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. 

Aspen Education FoundationThis foundation raises money for the schools of Aspen, and invests in the educational experiences including: Outdoor Education, Aeronautics, and Performing Arts.

Mountain Rescue Aspen One of the oldest of its kind, Mountain Rescue deploys search and rescue teams throughout the state. Our team also had the honor of designing their new facility in Aspen. 

The Buddy ProgramThe Buddy Program matches local youth with adults for mentoring and supporting at risk youth with academics and self esteem. Several of our employees have also participated in the Buddy Program. 

Aspen Historical SocietyEnriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history. CCA is also sponsoring the current Bauhaus Exhibit. To learn more, click here.

To read more about our philanthropic work, click here.

To read more, click here.

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CCA’s Charles Cunniffe Talks Sustainable High Tech Mountain Homes with AD.COM

 

We are always honored to be featured in the press, so when Architectural Digest wanted to discuss the modern mountain home, Charles was thrilled to discuss the topic. To that, we’re so proud that AD selected to feature Elk Peak Ranch and Aspen Park – two projects recently completed by our team.

Whether it be more open floor plans and maximizing views or  incorporating sustainable and high tech gadgetry, we loved being a part of this in depth discussion with one of the leading architecture and design magazines. “Cunniffe’s ability to infuse his projects with such a consistent feel comes, no doubt, courtesy of his deep familiarity with the vernacular styles in the areas where he works” stated Architectural Digest writer Hadley Keller.

Read the entire article, here.

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CCA’s Affordable Housing Project in Telluride Featured in Curbed

We were thrilled last week when Curbed covered our passion project, an affordable housing complex in Telluride, Colorado. Virginia Placer includes a combination of communal living, tiny homes and apartment units; and was designed for the Telluride residents who are the backbone and soul of the 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. According to Charles, it’s truly a labor of love. “When a community is stable (i.e. when people can afford to live there, even if it’s in subsidized),” explains Charles, “inhabitants on both ends of the financial spectrum benefit and thrive.”  A balance was struck between affordability and sustainability with passive solar and ventilation, maintenance-free materials, and design in this new neighborhood a short walk from downtown Telluride.

Read the entire article, here.

 

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CCA’s Latest Condo Remodel Featured in Mountain Living Magazine

There’s no greater accomplishment than earning both the clients’ and editors’ stamp of approval. That was just the case with this condominium remodel, recently featured in Mountain Living​.

Last year, a New York-based couple, who purchased the condo as a second home, hired us to help them reimagine the very disjointed structure. Originally two units that had been united as one, this space did not inspire the couple, but they couldn’t help but fall for the classic views and unparallelled location at the base of Aspen Mountain.

“It was both an interesting and a challenging project,” said Principal Architect Charles Cunniffe. “The building is situated on a steep street. It’s nestled into the mountainside… and it had settled considerably during the past 50-plus years.”

To make the most out of the two-bedroom home, we created a new floor plan and collaborated with ​enlisted Aspen-based contractor Craig Barnes to tackle the the slope of the floor. CCA’s Marina Skiles worked closely with the homeowner to create a soothing, neutral color palette and thoughtful furniture selections that maximized the condo’s full potential. The result is a clean, streamlined pied-à-terre perfect for winter vacations spent on the slopes.

To read the entire article, click ​here.

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CCA’s ACES project in Aspen Sojourner: Get Lost in the Trees at ACES

We always appreciate support from our local media, so when monthly magazine, Aspen Sojourner, decided to cover Aspen Center Environmental Studies (ACES), our pro-bono sanctuary for local wildlife and classroom for students, we were thrilled.

The feature, called Get Lost in the Trees at ACES: A new viewing platform gives a bird’s eye view of wildlife, highlights the small tree-house like structure, which sits at Hallam Lake on a 25-acre nature preserve. The two-story site allows visitors to watch resident and migrating birds and animals without scaring them away.

ACES isn’t our biggest project, but it is is one of our favorites. And, we could not have done it without the help of our community, like Hansen Construc­tion and Valley Lumber who donated the project’s labor, materials, and wood.  

Thank you again to Aspen Sojourner! To read the whole article, click here.

 

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