Aspen Residence by KAA Design Group in Aspen, Colorado

Project: Aspen Residence
KAA Design Group
Aspen, Colorado, United States
6.004 sf
Year: 2020
Photographs by:
Manolo Langis

Aspen Residence by KAA Design Group

Nestled in Aspen, Colorado, at the base of the ski slopes, KAA’s latest vacation home overcame stringent renovation restrictions to transform an 80s duplex into a warm, modern getaway. The design retained the original gable roofs, but internal walls were removed to create an open upper-level floor plan with soaring ceilings and expansive mountain views through floor-to-ceiling windows.

The Aspen Residence showcases a refined, neutral palette with playful, colorful accents. Light cedar siding pays homage to Colorado’s regional style, while dark panelized plaster, concrete, and metal accents give the home a contemporary edge. The interior features a dynamic three-story atrium with board-formed concrete walls and a captivating metal ribbon staircase, creating a sophisticated yet playful atmosphere.

Nestled in the snow-covered valley of Aspen, Colorado, at the base of Aspen’s ski slopes, lives KAA’s newest snowy getaway vacation home. At first glance, one might never know that this warm modern home was once an 80’s duplex and faced very stringent renovation design codes. To achieve this overhaul, it was clear to the design team that big moves would need to be made, and because of the renovation restrictions, they would need to be very strategic.

Early on, the choice was made to keep the existing duplexes’ side-by-side gable roofs and to focus on reinterpreting the overall form. This choice allotted the removal of internal demising walls to create an open upper-level floor plan with a dynamic mountain-esc ceiling form, as well as opening up and maximizing the gable end views to the mountains and ski slopes with full-height, wall-to-wall glazing.

Another part of revisioning and realizing the Aspen Residence was crafting a refined, neutral, modern palette that would highlight various formal moves, create a connection between interior and exterior, and set up moments for unexpected, playful, colorful accents. The outcome is new, modern, light cedar siding that pays homage to Colorado Regionalism, while the contrasting dark panelized plaster, cool notes of concrete, and dark metal accents allow this home to embrace its new contemporary future.

Various moments throughout the project aim to formalize the playful nature of the home as well as create sophisticated and dynamic spatial experiences. As one approaches the front door, the cedar siding begins to peel inwards to create a covered front entry, and a glimpse of a brightly painted metal ribbon stair housed in a louver-veiled glass box appears. Upon entry, impressive three-story board-formed concrete atrium walls greet visitors and become the anchor all floors tie back into. The playful metal ribbon stair dances opposite the concrete wall, encouraging ascension to the upper level where the views to the slopes dramatically reveal themselves.

KAA Design Group


Tags: Aspen, Colorado, contemporary, exterior, interior, KAA Design Group, luxury, mountain

Author: Fidan Jovanov


A young enthusiast with a passion for home decor and architecture, I love writing articles that inspire and guide readers in transforming their spaces into stylish, functional, and beautiful environments.


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