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Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

Project: Old Pond Way Retreat
Architects: CCY Architects
Design Team: Todd Kennedy, AIA – CCY Architects Principal, Gage Reese – CCY Architects Associate, and Rich Carr, AIA – CCY Architects Principal
Location: Aspen, Colorado, United States
Area 4320.0 ft2
Project Year 2016
Photographer: Draper White Photography

Old Pond Way Retreat is a modern family refuge inspired by a rugged, simply crafted cabin in the Morgedal region of Norway where the client’s family have been gathering since the 1950s to enjoy nature and build memories. Located on a remote, 11.76-acre sagebrush and scrub oak covered site near Snowmass, Colorado, the residence rests at the base of a steep, curving ridgeline to the northwest, and transitions to a gently sloping grade to the southeast overlooking Snowmass ski area and the White River National Forest. To provide seclusion and privacy, it sits at the interior of the site among existing aspen groves, scrub oaks, sage, and several large spruce trees.

Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

Orienting the residence on an east/west axis maximizes the primary views from interior spaces while engaging the immediate landscape through the integration of the building with the sloping grade. Program elements are pulled apart to allow them to adapt to the existing landform while a singular sloped roof unifies them and parallels the natural grade, further reinforcing the building’s relationship to the existing topography. This allows the landscape to flow beneath the roof and between building elements to create covered outdoor spaces. At these locations, interior spaces extend into the landscape, layering together the experience of site and architecture.

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

Scandinavian sensibilities are evident in the owner’s furniture selections, the architect’s material palate and detailing, and the quiet interiors. Illuminating the dining table is a custom steel candle chandelier (designed by CCY Associate Gage Reese). Vertical screens crafted from the exterior wood siding provide a diaphanous quality at key moments, softening the modern aesthetic.

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

Old Pond Way Retreat is a base-camp for family and guests to get outdoors. The home is designed to live as a one-bedroom cabin for two when the clients are not entertaining family and friends but flexible living spaces easily accommodate up to 14 additional people in the guest wing. The sauna and spa offer relaxation while fireplaces act as gathering places inside and out. Stacked walls of chopped wood are woven throughout the project’s exterior. The husband’s love of fire and chopping wood is illustrated by his collection of hatchets and axes within the detached shed, which also serves as a private office.

interior design, Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

CCY Architects is nationally acclaimed for its place-based architecture that is inspired and informed by spectacular environments. Its projects include hotels, lodges, clubs and resorts, custom residences, mixed-use projects, ski area facilities, and community landmarks. The firm has been recognized with more than 100 awards, including the AIA Western Mountain Region’s “Architectural Firm of the Year” in 2017.

Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

kitchen, Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

kitchen, Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

bedroom, Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

bedroom, Gammel Dam Retreat / CCY Architects

bathroom, Gammel Dam / CCY Architects

Gammel Dam / CCY Architects

Gammel Dam / CCY Architects

Old Pond Way Retreat Inspired by the Scandinavian Mountain Cabins

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