Project: Elk Range Overlook
Architects: CCY Architects
Lead Architects: Rich Carr – Principal in Charge
Project Lead Designer: Gage Reese – CCY Associate
Designer: Dan Goldstein, Katie Bauer
Interior Furnishings & Fixtures: KA Design Group
Contractor: B&H General Contractors
Structural Engineer: KL&A Engineering
Landscape Design: Ceres+ Landscape Architecture
Location: Aspen, Colorado, United States
Project Size: 8,250 SF
Photo Credits: Draper White
Text by CCY Architects
Cradled into a gently sloping site just outside of Aspen, Colorado, this highly crafted home sits amidst a grove of aspen trees on the edge of a large, open meadow with views out to the Elk Mountain Range. Clad in stone, wood, steel, and glass, the house nestles quietly within the natural surroundings, creating a rugged and durable contemporary interpretation of alpine architecture. The Elk Range Overlook provides year-round living as the primary residence for a family local to Aspen and respectfully utilizes the site’s sloping topography.
Upon approach, the entry drive descends from the main road down to a natural landscaped auto court where the home appears quiet and subdued behind strong single-story stone volumes that rest below a low-slung floating pavilion roof. The stone volumes provide privacy while large glass walls in between them invite natural light into the home’s communal spaces and provide visual connections with the surrounding landscape.
Within the main living space, there are ample living and dining areas, a built-out bar, a steel-clad fireplace set within a massive stone element, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors that seamlessly pocket away to provide seamless indoor/outdoor spaces.
Materials were chosen with an eye for sustainability and wellness. Farm raised Port Orford Cedar was chosen for its aesthetic qualities, structural characteristics and high durability. These traits allowed it’s use in many applications creating a strong, crafted and warm character.
Throughout the property, an interconnected network of water features provides visible and audible tranquility while separating private and common outdoor areas. Water elements trickle down toward a custom swimming pool with a horizontal water feature and outdoor seating areas. Furthering the connection to the natural surroundings, a custom spa is set within a tall native aspen grove and is accessed from the lower level via pavers placed within the horizontal water feature.