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!
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 withCharles 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).
“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.
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 Center—Nationally 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 Foundation—This foundation raises money for the schools of Aspen, and invests in the educational experiences including: Outdoor Education, Aeronautics, and Performing Arts.
Mountain Rescue AspenOne 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 Program—The 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 Society— Enriches 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.
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.
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.
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.
We are honored that local waste diversion company EverGreen ZeroWaste recently awarded CCA the “We Compost” badge for our recent composting efforts. But, it’s really EverGreen ZeroWaste, who collects compostables from businesses to minimize environmental impact, who deserve the kudos!
An integral part of our community here in Aspen, EverGreen ZeroWaste have been keeping discards out of landfills and offering educational support for waste-diversion programs for close to a decade.
Composting is one important part of the limited impact we try to have on our environment. It produces a variety of benefits like reduced greenhouse gas emissions, clean water and improved soil quality.
Thank you to EverGreen ZeroWaste. We are proud to partner with them! To learn more about them and what they do, click here.
Last month, Charles was invited to be a panelist at the 10th Annual Architecture Series by the Aspen Museum. Shortly after, Senior Architect Jim Kehoe was asked to present at the ‘2018 PechaKucha: A Discussion for Emerging Voices,’ an annual series by the museum where architects and designers present new practices to the local community.
Jim covered a topic he is familiar with, the intersection of well-being and architecture, highlighting the ways that design can reduce stress and enhance happiness. Sighting recent CCA projects in Telluride, CO and Phoenix, AZ, Jim shared design techniques such as raised windows to maximize light and proximity to nature, all which have positive effects on executive functions of the brain.
Alongside Jim, panelists included Ashley Clark, Alex Klumb, Lea Sisson, Will Young. To read more about PechaKucha, click here.
To view the entire lecture on Facebook, click here.
Earlier this month, the Aspen Art Museum invited Charles of CCA to be a panelist for their tenth Annual Architecture Lecture Series. The topic at hand: the past, present and future of Aspen design.
Moderated by the President of the American Institute of Architects, Carl Elefante, the five architect panel spoke on everything from the rich tradition of architecture in Aspen and the remarkable clientele, to the formidable climate and the spirit of the land, all of which inspires and informs the work they do.
Alongside Charles, panelists included architects John Cottle, Sarah Broughton, and Scott Lindenau.