Star Mesa’s Wine Cellar Featured

Thank you to Aspen Magazine / Modern Luxury for featuring one of our favorite wine cellars in their summer issue. Star Mesa was an exciting project, where the client charged our team to completely reinvent their home by Christmas, so their extended family could gather. 11 months was all we had to design and build the home, and we did it! Every single person in the office had a part – even the non-architects – and we were so happy when they arrived, unpacked and started celebrating. There are just some projects that really drive home, why we love this business. Star Mesa was one of them.

Featured in the summer issue, is the wine cellar. Just steps from this home’s great room, dining room and game room, an ascending staircase with steps handcrafted from antique white oak leads to a grand entry punctuated by a pair of cut Colorado buff sandstone columns adorned with natural ox horn lamps. Glass and wood pocket doors open to an opulent rotunda that houses a tasting table and space for over 1,100 bottles. To see the story, click here!

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A Look Back at Independence

In honor of the 4th of July this year, we are spotlighting one of our most memorable projects, Independent Retreat. Constructed on an empty parking lot, CCA built three structures, a main home, an adjacent home and a guest house. 

Careful consideration was given to maximizing views, solar orientation and ventilation. Douglas Fir beams and Cedar ceiling bring bright modernity to this luxury getaway. It’s no surprise that CCA was awarded three architecture awards for this home. To read more about Independence retreat, click here. 

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Aspen City Offices Underway

After the successful completion of the LEED Gold and WELL Building certified Aspen Police Department & Housing, as well as the newly designed Snowmass Fire Station and Remodeled Basalt Fire Station, our team is working hard on the new City Offices. A quick little peek at the 500 ton Crawler Crane (1,000,000 lbs) that took the existing beam out in three sections, last weekend. Quite impressive for our small little mountain town! Thanks to all who are involved!

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CCA Accepts Gold Nugget Award for Telluride Festival Stage

We are excited to announce that last Friday, Charles accepted the Gold Nugget Grand Award for our Telluride Festival Stage at the 56th Annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference. Considered one of the largest award ceremonies (“the Oscars of the building industry”), the Gold Nugget Awards recognizes distinguished architects and builders throughout the country.

The Telluride Festival Stage hosts the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and the Jazz Festival, among other noteworthy events, and as an ardent music enthusiast, Charles says, “building a stage for some of the top musicians in the country with the backdrop of some of the most epic canyons in the world was a truly gratifying experience.”

In addition to the Grand Award, CCA also was awarded:

  • Gold Nugget Merit Award for the Aspen Police Department
  • Gold Nugget Merit Award for Aspen Modern
  • Gold Nugget Merit Award for the Telluride Festival Stage
  • Gold Nugget Merit Award for Aspen Glam
  • Gold Nugget Merit Award for St Mary Catholic Church

This year, the awards were held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. To read more about the event and view the full list of winners, click here.

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Trespa Features APD Housing in White Paper

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!

To read the article click here.

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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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Virginia Placer Featured on Dezeen

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.”

To read the full article, click here.

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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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