CCA wins Luxe Red Award

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.

To see all the winners, 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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Project Spotlight – Independence Retreat

Just in case you missed this award winning project…a look back at an Aspen retreat we designed for one amazing California family. Formerly a parking lot, the circular building site is shared with an adjacent home and guest house. In order to effectively fit the three structures, great thought was given to the positioning of the homes to maximize views, solar orientation, passive ventilation and afford them their desired privacy.

Clear Douglas Fir Beams integrated with steel gussets and knife plates are suspended from the vertical grain Cedar ceiling. Steel paneled interior columns with custom designed steel screws are seen throughout the home.

Continuing the warm yet contemporary feel, architectural grade stained concrete, glass, steel, efficient appliances, and passive solar and ventilation lend to the Owner’s program: providing generous entertaining spaces, comfortable guest suites, a contemporary mountain feel which speaks to its greater surroundings and respects the environment we live in. This home has won three prestigious architecture awards for design.

How do you like it?

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Creating the Ideal Master Suite

Working with a client to design their master suite is often one of our favorite design exercises. To start, we talk about how the client lives. Do they prefer the master suite to be central to the home, or perhaps in a wing or “pod” on its own. Some other topics we discuss are:

  • Does the client wish for an office space or sitting room in conjunction?
  • Is there an opportunity for an outdoor terrace or garden?
  • Does the client want one common bath area, or two separate spaces?
  • Where are the views?
  • How does the light filter in at various times of day?
  • How lighting, ventilation and technology come into play.
  • Does the client want a television – and if so, should it be concealed?
  • What type of furnishings do they wish to have in the room?
  • Does the client want one central closet or his & her closets?
  • Would the client like to include a washer/dryer in the closet?
  • How much storage should we plan for?
  • Does the client have any art pieces or antiques that should be worked into the space?

As designers we want to carefully design master suites, since its where our clients are able to retreat, to rejuvenate, and to rest. Lets face it – we can always use more sleep! Here are some of our favorite designs. For more master suite ideas, visit our Spaces page and come see us when you’re ready to design your personal retreat.

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Fourteen Sixty

We are in the final stages of an incredible new project in Aspen, that we cannot wait to show you. Until then a little sneak peek…

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Anchoring the home it its site, a sandstone wall parallels the Rio Grande River and beautifully intersects the entire length of the home. No maintenance materials and glass form the exterior, allowing the sights and sound of the river to be experienced from every room. The bold forms, floating staircase, sculpture gardens, clerestory windows and 900 sq ft outdoor living spaces, make this home enjoyable during all four seasons in Aspen. We look forward to sharing this project with you this summer.

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Google Submits Incredibly Innovative Plans for New Campus

Blurring the line between buildings and nature, Google is set to change the world of architecture with their newly designed campus. Imagine being a City Council member in Mountain View, California and being charged with reviewing the plans.

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Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group and Thomas Heatherwick, large translucent canopies will cover the sites. Inside Google will use movable walls to construct the buildings; allowing buildings to change shape as they develop new and innovative products. Inside the canopies, the sites will be beautifully landscaped with pathways, trees, gardens, bridges and cafes.

“Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas,” David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate, said in a blog post Friday. “Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air.”

For a first-hand look, check out their video here – its beyond fascinating!

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Image by Google

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30 Bathrooms in 30 Seconds

Looking for some inspiration for your bath design? There’s no telling how many bathrooms we have actually designed, but here is a snippet of some of our favorites. Hidden televisions, views captured, heated surfaces, floating tubs, clever organization….we’ve done it all! We’re excited to show you some of the newly designed baths we’ve got in the works. Stay tuned.

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Architects Study Co-Housing in Europe

Its always inspiring to hear how Architects are designing for today’s needs in new and different ways. There was a great piece on this morning’s NPR broadcast about two young Architects who won a competition to re-imagine the Alfafar suburb in Valencia, Spain, based on an earlier thatched housing housing model  in rural India’s. In another story in rural England, people are sharing a central living room and kitchen at Threshhold Centre at Cole Street Farm. Its “assisted living” in a different outlook. Have a listen, its quite interesting learning about the new ways of co-sharing extra rooms needed at different times in one’s lifespan – and the great food that can go along with it!

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Take a Look Inside our Studio

Have you ever been curious what exactly goes on in an architecture firm? Take a peek inside our studio, recently named Outside Magazine’s Best Places to Work. Our office is comprised of three levels, and is smack dab in the middle of downtown Aspen, Colorado. Just a few blocks from Aspen Mountain and across from the new Aspen Art Museum, our crew of 20 is hard at work.

With weekly meetings to review project schedules and deadlines, Beer:30’s to enjoy a little camaraderie, birthday lunches and design charrettes – we have a lot of fun while designing many of Aspen’s most beautiful structures. Working in teams, our projects benefit from a small group of individuals with the expertise and experience required by the high level of design. Charles is involved in every project, whether a large commercial project, residential remodel, a public space or small addition. He enjoys all facets of the design process and we often wonder how he fits it all into one day.

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For more on our studio, check out our website!

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Get to Know: Aspen Art Museum

HVYvPn2VThere are a lot or reasons to live in the City of Aspen, which can be found nestled in the Elk Mountains. There is the distinctive mountain landscape and surrounding countryside, plus the fantastic sporting opportunities available in the area. Another benefit of the Aspen area, somewhat overlooked, is its cultural opportunities.

In particular, Aspen Art Museum offers exhibitions that focus on the cutting-edge with an international bent.

The museum offers a wide variety of exhibits and events to satisfy art lovers of every stripe.

For more information on this and other great reasons to live in the Aspen area, please contact us at Charles Cunniffe Architects. We are available online or you can reach us directly at 888-457-6919.

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