Charles Featured in September Luxe Magazine

In this month’s issue of Luxe, the magazine asked Charles for his top three Colorado buildings (besides his own) that meet the CCA standard of excellence for sustainability and legacy. 

His selects? The Aspen Chapel, Aspen Meadows Resort, and Colorado State Capitol Building.  What’s the common thread? “Clients who are interested in sustainability and legacy in terms of building something properly the first time,” Cunniffe says. “A lot of projects look great in photographs, but the difference is in the details – the way the light comes through, the connection to the outdoors, and the spirit of place a building evokes when you’re actually in it. Any project that brings those things into play is what we gravitate to.”

To read the article, get your issue on stands now.

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CCA’s Nick Ketpura Designs ACES Pollinator

One of our favorite non-profits in the Roaring Fork Valley is the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES). When Nick came to us and said he was designing a Pollinator for Rock Bottom Ranch, we were so elated. Nick’s work dovetails the additional projects we’ve been lucky enough to be involved in, notably the ACES Treehouse. Check out Nick’s incredible work!

“I’ve been so fortunate enough to have the opportunity to collaborate with the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies throughout the years. Function + Form were instinctively intertwined in this unique project to provide habitat for native bees and other pollinators. This structure will find its permanent home in the children’s garden at ACES @ Rock Bottom Ranch to support their regenerative agricultural education program.

If you haven’t visited their posts at Hallam Lake, Catto Center or Rock Bottom Ranch, you really should. Their work is essential to our valley and truly inspiring!

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CCA Summer BBQ!

The 2019 CCA Team!

Throughout the year, we take time to celebrate our team, by getting outside to enjoy our amazing surroundings. Whether its an overnight hut trip, an afternoon skiing on Aspen Mountain or a fun kickball game in the park, CCA is always up for a good time! Last week we gathered our team and their families for a fun afternoon at Heron Park. Thanks to Hickory House (an Oprah Winfrey favorite, in case you haven’t heard), we were well fed! Park games, the beauty of the river, a stocked cooler and an amazing group of people led to the best afternoon of summer.

Without the support of the families who love our team members, we couldn’t create the work we do. Thank you to the wives, husbands, parents, children, spouses, significant others, roommates and friends (and pets!). It truly takes a village!

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Bauhaus Exhibit Comes to Aspen

When the CCA team was invited to preview the Bauhaus Exhibit at Aspen Meadows, we jumped at the chance. Bauhaus, a radical 20th century art school in Germany, came to Colorado when one of its star students, architect Herbert Bayer, moved to Aspen in 1946. Bayer, who lived in Aspen for nearly three decades, restored buildings, designed homes, and created poster art to invite skiers to the then sleepy mountain town. 

The Bauhaus Exhibit offers walking tours, exhibitions, gallery shows, talks, art workshops, musical performances and pays homage the the school––and Bayer’s––impact on our town.  The year long exhibit starts Sunday, August 4. To see a list of events, click here. To read more about the Bayer and Bauhaus, click here.

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Hear the latest from CCA, in our quarterly newsletter!

We’re always excited to share the latest happenings at CCA, as we complete the most rewarding projects, take on new and exciting work, are published in design publications and receive accolades for our team’s hard work.

In this Summer edition – lots on tap!

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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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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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