Wall Street Journal Features CCA’s Aspen Park

Aspen Park, one of our favorite projects, is featured in the Wall Street Journal today. Carrie Wells, of Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Real Estate listed the home for sale for $49 million — topping the list of most expensive homes currently in the Aspen market.

The challenge began on day one, when the Florida-based owners charged us to responsibly deconstruct much of an existing house, and design a home that fused art-deco and contemporary mountain-modern design. The site provided a very narrow building envelope which necessitated the 15,000 sf of living area, be split between three floors. To access each floor, two steel and glass elevators with cascading wood staircases were seamlessly worked into the design.

The exterior design pays homage to the surrounding mountain vistas, with varying roof angles, and use of stone and wood. Massive floor to ceiling windows capture the unique views of famed Independence Pass and Aspen Mountain.

A glass pivot door opens the home, as views unfold through a window wall and clerestory windows in the great room and dining. A Jean DeMerry mosaic mural sits between two automatic doors with views captured above, with a juxtaposed art-deco fireplace.

Custom designed wood-inlay doors are seen throughout the home, to further infuse the design inspiration. The team was careful to subtly instill the inspiration in parts of the home without overdoing it. As the home cascades down the mountainside, its essence permeates the site and creates a wonderful entertaining home.

We are so proud of this project and humbled to have it featured in the Wall Street Journal. Thank you to the incredible team who dedicated their talents to this stunning home!

To read the article, click here

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Designing for People & Pandemics

Senior Project Architect, Chad Molliconi and Principal, Charles Cunniffe sat down with Mountain Living magazine to explore how Covid-19 may change the way we approach design. An interesting discussion about how our team’s approach to thoughtful and healthy designs instinctively benefit our clients, and what is to come. From mudrooms, to offices and maker-spaces, to bathrooms, they covered a lot of great territory. To read the article click here.

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Wall Street Journal Highlights Aspen Park’s Woodworking

We are fortunate to work with a select group of craftsman who team with us to create masterfully designed custom homes. True artists in their field. One of those incredible artisans is Michael Merritt of Merritt Woodwork, based in Ohio.

Together, Merritt, CCA and interior designer Donna Guerra created a 15,000 square foot, Art Deco inspired mountain home incorporating 36-species of wood. Aspen Park highlights Merritt’s woodworking expertise in the custom kitchen cabinetry, Art Deco-style inlay doors, and acoustical ceiling panels. Michael and his brother Keith, head up the family’s 53-year old woodworking business. A great story on an inspiring business!

To read the article click here.

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Project Spotlight: Stonebridge Condominium

When joint homeowners enlisted CCA to renovate their outdated condominium in Snowmass Village, Colorado, we were happy to retrofit it for the two fun-loving families. Purchased 15 prior, every inch of the outdated space was well worn, and in need of a refresh. The two families totaling 10 people (four adults and six children), enjoy the condo throughout winter and summer, with lots of gear and lots of love — so it was time for some clever space-saving design!

The team re-imagined the dark quarters, carefully selecting light-reflecting materials and a new lighting system to bolster the natural and ambient light. Previously stationed in a tiny corner of the home, the kitchen was reconfigured around an island and opens to the family room and dining room. As an extension of the kitchen and uniting the family room, we created a bar wall with ample counter space, a wine fridge, refrigerator and freezer drawers.

On the ground floor are two master suites, with minimalist interiors and hotel style bathrooms. Up the space-saving spiral stair, is the ‘family suite’ which includes a master bedroom w/an extra bed and vanity; and the bunk room of all bunk rooms! Frosted glass was utilized in the bathroom to fill the spaces with light, yet preserve privacy. Clever storage for the family’s recreational gear was a fun challenge we enjoyed pursuing!

The ski getaway was featured in Mountain Living magazine last year, in an article called “A Pocket Sized Condo That Packs a Punch.” 

To read the article, click here

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It’s been nearly three-weeks since we sat down with our team and decided to work remotely. News of the Coronavirus was constant, fears were mounting with confirmed cases in Aspen, and we needed to act fast. Eighteen days later, we are all safely working from home. We do not take our ability to work remotely for granted. Its on our minds constantly – utilizing all of the technologies we have invested in for the past several years. Each time we have a team video-conference, instant message, review designs remotely, render views, and simply pick up the phone and call one another – we are reminded that we are the lucky ones.

We love to design. It is our passion. It is our purpose.

What has changed? We are learning new ways to interface with eachother. Those with children at home are juggling work and homeschooling (go parents!), we are learning new technologies to bolster our team’s communication, and we’re happy to say that our team has adjusted very well.

What hasn’t changed? Our commitment. The commitment to our clients, to the projects we’re fortunate to design, to our community, to the global landscape and to the health of those around us.

Looking forward, we’re unsure like everyone….but we know this for sure – we have an unrivaled team of dedicated design professionals that will persevere. CCA has weathered 40 years of storms, and surely we will get through this. We’re all in it together!  

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Gratitude & Resilience

With our teams safely working remote, and Charles & Nicole currently manning the Aspen office (6′ apart of course), we are feeling grateful today for all of the amazing individuals out there working the front lines.

We feel very fortunate to have the technology and the dedicated team members we do, and are getting into the remote-groove here at CCA. Doing our part, and now looking for ways to help in our community. We’ll get through this together (while currently apart). Hang in there everyone!

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Featured in Robb Report as the ultimate slumber party retreat, Aspen Modern was the result of terrific clients and a highly skilled and dedicated design team that worked tirelessly to revamp this Aspen home from top to bottom. The existing architecture was a good starting point, but the home really needed updating and refreshing. Every square inch of this house was renovated and the results are impressive!! Click here to view the project

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It’s not often that a design firm can claim four decades of extraordinary success, so we took the opportunity in our latest newsletter to mark this milestone. In the newsletter — and here in our office — we’ve been honoring our past, celebrating the present, and considering the future.  In addition to sharing some of our best work through the decades, we also included our community charity work, the awards we received in 2019, and our latest press features, which include Robb Report, AD.COM, Luxe and Aspen Magazine. 

We are very grateful to have had such a fruitful 2019, but even more, we are thankful for a successful 40 years for CCA. To read our latest news, click here.

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CCA Receives AAJ Award from the AIA

We are especially humbled when the work we do benefiting the Aspen community is recognized. So, we are excited to report that CCA earned the Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The recognition was given to six other firms and is evaluated by quality of form, functionality, and current architectural responses to complex justice design issues.

A true passion project, and it certainly took a strong village to complete. In addition to sustainability, we designed the building with functionality, wellness, security and safety, hoping to augment both the character of and connection with the Aspen community.

To read more about the award, click here.

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Four Projects :: Four Decades

Kicking off our 40th Anniversary in 2020, we thought we’d sit down and review our body of work and see if we could determine our favorite projects from each decade. Proud to say — it was no easy feat. After much discussion, here are our tops! Follow us on Instagram to see more reflection on 40 years, and the amazing projects we’re currently designing. Forty years – we are so proud!

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