Project: Aspen Ridge House
Architect and interior design: Rowland + Broughton
Design team: Sarah Broughton, John Rowland, Sara Upton, Will Otte, Mark Bever, Carol Cisco, Mallory Buck
Location: Aspen, Colorado, United States
Size: 8,250 SF
General Contractor: Schlumberger Construction
Civil Engineer: Schmeser Gordon Meyer
Structural Engineer: KL&A Structural Engineers
MEP Engineer: REG
Landscape Architect: Bluegreen
Lighting Designer: 186 Lighting Design Group, Inc.
Photography by Brent Moss
Set along a ridgeline amidst dramatic mountain views, 8,259 square foot Aspen Ridge House thoughtfully blends the old and new through the renovation of an existing 1960s structure. The home’s original architect, Ellie Brickham, was the first female architect in Aspen, and the legacy of the building was worthy of thoughtful modernization. To accomplish this, the R+B team maintained a delicate balance throughout the design process by cleaning up unsystematic renovations and additions that had been implemented over the years, while ensuring the home became thoroughly enjoyable for the contemporary client family.
The interior is oriented along a central defining spine, which encourages progression from public to private spaces. Carefully designed volumes with modern architecture and interspersed details, such as a wide range of furnishings, allow for a layering of history and a connection to the ranch-like character of the site. Strong indoor-outdoor congruence is granted with large floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors throughout the home. Additional goals for the home included utilizing new materials that would, like the original structure, patina and improve with age, creating a strong indoor-outdoor connection.