Aspen’s New Sway

From a collaboration between New Waterloo and Infinite Hospitality, comes sway Aspen. We were fortunate to partner with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, and the group to bring this fresh new addition to Aspen’s culinary scene. Sway Aspen is a modern Thai restaurant that elevates the concept of tradition through exceptional design. With its flagship location in Austin, Texas since 2012, Sway has become known for its sophisticated interiors that blend edgy and inviting elements. The Aspen location embodies a distinctive aesthetic that invokes warmth, coziness, and intimacy, while reflecting the vibrancy of a bustling family meal in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. The restaurant’s design draws inspiration from traditional Thai homes with teak interiors and high-mountain experiences in Nepal, featuring plush banquettes, gentle lighting, soft acoustics, and unique materials manipulated in unexpected ways.

Sway Aspen includes hand-sculpted cotton paper banana leaf pendants designed in collaboration with Pelle, custom light fixtures from LaSpec, and a playful bar area with a Calacatta Viola White marble bar top and burgundy glazed lava-stone profiled tile base. The interior showcases raw brass and steel, wire-brushed wood, and clay plaster to create subtle textures that enhance the cozy, inviting setting. Complementing the exquisite design, the menu presents a modern interpretation of Thai delicacies using the best ingredients sourced from local Aspen farmers, fostering robust flavors and a communal, transportive dining experience. Sway Aspen is a luxurious yet deceptively simple celebration of contrasts, offering a truly unique Aspen experience.

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Willoughby Way poised to set Real Estate Record – Again!

Exciting news! Our Willoughby Way project is poised to set another Aspen real estate record for the third time at $110 million. Originally designed in 2006 for a Texas-based family, the residence served as a hub for charity events and family gatherings. In addition to lavish entertaining spaces the design also took into consideration catering operations, valet services, and outdoor tented event spaces.

Subsequently acquired by a discerning New York-based family, our team, along with @pembrookeandives executed an extensive interior remodel, aligning the home with their distinct aesthetic preferences. Following another ownership transition and an interior redecoration, the property is now on the brink of a monumental sale, maintaining its architectural integrity throughout.

We take immense pride in the enduring appeal of this design, which seamlessly adapts to each homeowners’ individual style. It has been a pleasure witnessing the evolution of this iconic residence over the years. Click the link in our bio to read the article.

Wall Street Journal

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Publication: @wsj


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Happy New Year from our Team to you!

2023 was another exceptional year (with 2024 shaping up to be even better!)

The year was spent deep in design, with multiple projects in the beginning or final stages of design and construction. Two exciting points in the life of a project — although often, the magic is in the middle!

In the midst of designing we were also looking inward, with a focus on how to streamline, inspire, uplevel, and challenge ourselves. After the pandemic, it seems most design firms have been challenged with delicate balance between design staff working remote and in the office. We too, have had many conversations and explored various ways of working together. This fall we gathered the troops to spend time in the outdoors, visit projects, laugh, charrette, laugh some more, and enjoy being a team together!

What we found, was a reinvigorated sense of community. We’re so fortunate to have a crew of like-minded, thoughtful, dedicated, talented and outstanding professionals on our team. We inspire eachother, there is zero ego (which we’re so thankful for!) and we all just really enjoy eachother.

With that, comes a culture where hard conversations can be had, obstacles can be worked through…and a sense of team. What that means for our clients – cohesive, thoughtful, impactful design. 2024 will likely be our best year yet, and we look forward to sharing it with you!

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CCA Wins LUXE Magazine RED Award!

We are thrilled to announce that our Casa Cresta project won another design award! Each year, LUXE Magazine holds a national design competition and awards projects throughout the US.

After winning the Mountain Living magazine Home of the Year, we could not be more proud to bring home a LUXE Red Award for the Casa Cresta Kitchen design. A huge shout out to all involved! It certainly takes a village! See below for project team….

Luxe Red Award Casa Cresta announcement

Architecture + Design: @ccaaspen
Interior Decorator: @della_and_zella_interiors
Builder: @rudd_construction
Landscape Design: Greg Mozian & Assoc and @land_design39
Lighting Consultant: @elumenate
MEP Engineer: AEC
Civil Engineer: @sgm_engineering_surveying
Home AV: Campbell Audio Video
Pool Contractor: @timberlinepools
Acoustical Design: D.L. Adams
Windows: Grabill Windows
Cabinetry: @coloradocustommillwork
Tile: @decorativematerials
Photos: @dallasandharrisphoto

Click here to view the award.

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CCA Wins Three Design Awards

We are proud to announce that three CCA projects were awarded with Gold Nugget Merit Awards. Selected by a panel of top industry experts who reviewed over 650 entries, we are proud that these three projects rose to the top! Thank you to our esteemed group of professionals who brought each project to fruition. We are incredibly proud and hope you are too.

“The Gold Nugget Award winners reflect our industry’s best, brightest, and most innovative architects, designers, and builder/developers,” notes Lisa Parrish, judging chairman and ceremonies administrator for the program. “The 2023 winners prove the beauty of design.”

Award winning aspen architect wins design award for Casa Cresta on Red Mountain in Aspen Colorado
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CCA award winning design of the Aspen City Hall in downtown Aspen Colorado
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Tour the Aspen City Hall here

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We are immensely proud to announce that CCA’s Casa Cresta was named the 2022 Home of the Year, by Mountain Living magazine.

Tucked into a unique site on Aspen’s exclusive Red Mountain, Casa Cresta embraces spectacular mountain views, while championing a modern-urban aesthetic. Entertaining, indoor/outdoor living and modern art inspired the design for this family home with contemporary yet relaxed luxury – artfully blending materials and pattern. 

 “This magnificent home was designed for a couple’s lifestyle – from throwing their annual summer party with 100 friends from around the world – to spending time together in their own private serene retret as they admire the nonstop views,” says Mountain Living Editor in Chief Darla Worden. “Our judges were impressed at the thoughtful details that went into the home’s design – ample space for large parties but also as a family for the homeowners, their children and grandchildren.”

To read the story, click here.

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Its not every day that an architecture firm earns the privilege of designing a new City Hall building in very their own town. When CCA was awarded the project after the successful completion of the Aspen Facilities Master Plan and Aspen Police Department, we knew this would be an impactful, challenging and all-encompassing project. That it was. Most of all, it was a rewarding project and one we are very proud of.

A bit about the design:

The new Aspen City Hall is a lively urban ensemble, providing a new community resource and gathering place. The site was an existing and underutilized city asset, fronting a municipal parking lot and city-owned Rio Grande Park. The location allowed for an extension of the existing rooftop plaza to further connect the downtown core, to the parks and river beyond.

Aspen City Hall is organized around existing municipal and civic facilities, parks and plazas which are landscaped on a series of public spaces connecting the mountain to the south, with the river to the north. As an artificial extension of the hillside, the green roof of the new building acts as the connective tissue linking the mountain to the river, creating a natural greenway. Natural paths extend from the landscape to the roofscape, creating wayfinding for people to move around and through.

On the ground floor, the facades recede to expand the public realm, creating canopies to welcome visitors, collaborators, and community members. Each area of the building is tailored to its specific program, with the floor plans creating a lively and varied interior architecture.

The art-filled interior provides a biophilic environment that aims to enhance productivity and well-being. The surrounding parks, with ample green elements, provide visual relief and access to the natural environment.

Recently completed, the building was designed to achieve LEED Gold and WELL Building certificates, which are currently in progress.

Click here to see the project’s photo collection

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Annual Family Picnic

Each summer we gather the crew, their families (and dogs of course!), and enjoy a Friday afternoon eating, laughing, drinking, and playing lawn games. Its one of our favorite annual gatherings and one tradition of many, that we relish in. Seeing everyone’s families and spending time outdoors connects us in ways we never expect. So thankful to have this incredible group of professionals who are such strong design individuals – and just great people. How did we get so lucky?!

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Perfecting indoor/outdoor living in Montana

Throughout our 42+ years designing luxury homes and legacy estates, a great deal of focus is placed on indoor/outdoor living. Our team studies the outdoor environment just as intently as we focus on the indoor spaces. From hardcape design, lighting, kitchens, screening, technology…. every detail is carefully designed. We pay particular attention to how each owner lives, who and how they entertain, climactic implications to the site, view orientations, etc. etc. etc. To that, our team is careful to ensure the spaces feel as one – with the material palette carrying itself in & out.

Mountain Living magazine recently published our project, ‘Whitefish‘ featuring the outdoor living emphasis that this lakeside home has. We’re happy to share it with you today….


A Dynamic exterior balanced by undulating forms and varying rooflines. Glass, metal and horizontal cedar rain screen siding and locally sourced stone wraps the exterior in a contemporary interpretation. The stone wall transcends the exterior through to the interior, and houses two individually designed fireplaces. 

Entering the 11’ tall fir and steel pivot door flanked by glass, the view is focused and projected through the existing trees and out to the lake. A 28’ tall wall of windows promotes ample natural daylight.

The intentionally restrained interior palette allows the architecture, art and views to take center stage. Several regional artists and craftsmen contributed to the interiors. Just steps from the water, the patio adorns a built-in pizza oven, barbecue, wood-burning fireplace and integrated screening for privacy and shade. Tucked away are the hot tub and outdoor shower, which reside off the window-filled gym and sauna.

The great room’s doors open completely to an outdoor fire pit. Just inside, a wrap-around bar opens to the home’s game-viewing & movie theatre. The large picture window into the theatre was designed for indoor/outdoor viewing– making this another popular spot for game-time.

Thank you to Tate Interiors and Denman Construction for joining our team, to complete a truly magnificent lakeside property in Montana!

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Aspen Park featured in the Wall Street Journal (again!)

We were thrilled to see our Aspen Park project featured in the Wall Street Journal today! We’re excited to welcome the new-to-be owners!

On a high rocky mountainside high above Aspen, our team along with the owners and DG&A Interiors designed an environmentally sensitive, 15,000 sf, art-deco inspired contemporary home incorporating 36-species of wood. Lavish entertaining spaces, two glass elevators, a fully outfitted theatre and performance stage, the latest in home automation and HVAC systems, make this home truly unique.

The challenge began on day one, when the Florida-based owners charged our team to responsibly deconstruct much of the 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.


Charles Cunniffe Architects | Architects

DG&A Interiors | Interior Design

Hansen Construction | Contractor

David O. Marlow | Photographer

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