Designing affordable housing that benefits the local community is an integral part of the CCA ethos, so we were excited when Trespa featured our latest project, APD Housing, in their recent White Paper.
Built adjacent to the Aspen Police Department which CCA also designed, the three-story building houses employees of the department. Recently earning LEED Gold, the exterior is made of Trespa Pura, a classic oak wood known for its sustainability, durability and weather resistance.
The abundance of large-scale windows surrounding the building provide stunning views: The units on the north look at Red Mountain and the untouched beauty of Hunter Creek; paradise for hikers and bikers. On the South, there is Aspen Mountain – Ajax, for locals – and on the East you can see the impressive Independence Pass.
“Aspen is prohibitively expensive for many year-round residents,” says Principal Charles Cunniffe. “It’s vital to build housing that the locals can afford.” Thank you to Trespa for the feature!
Each year Luxe Magazine selects their top projects to honor, and we are thrilled to be included among this year’s winners for the prestigious Luxe Red Award. CCA was recognized for a luxury bathroom we designed with one of the most breathtaking views of Aspen.
The bathroom, which features a Waterworks soaking tub that sit next to glass doors that open to a deck with mountain views, features Calacatta Vagli marble floors, countertops and shower bench.
This month, one of our favorite architecture and design publications, dezeen, featured Virginia Placer, an affordable housing project that CCA completed in 2018.
Built in resort town of Telluride, CO, the building is comprised of 18 apartment units, a 46-bed Boarding House and 3 Tiny Homes and accommodates a mix of incomes, individuals and families, including skiers and service industry folks alike.
While we love it when magazines cover our luxury high-end homes, we especially appreciate dezeen for featuring this one, in part because Virginia Placer exemplifies CCA’s mission and Charles’ commitment to his community. “When a community is stable,” says Charles, “inhabitants on both ends of the financial spectrum benefit and thrive.”
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
“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.
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!