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Luxury Residential Aspen Residence in Aspen, Colorado by Forum Phi Architects
February 21st, 2011 by Sanjay Gangal
This contemporary mountain residence offers attractive modern elements including copper barrel roofs and a sleek, chef-inspired kitchen. The stunning views are maximized from all angles, yet privacy is key thanks to the home’s strategic design. The entry offers a secluded courtyard feel and many South facing windows help to significantly reduce energy usage in the winter. The expansive kitchen, living room, dining and family areas are designed as a completely open floor plan which gives the large house the vibrancy and cozy comfort of a smaller residence. The house offers all the luxury amenities a resident could dream of including a state of the art media room, and a master bedroom of around 2000 sq ft with his and hers closets, extravagant guest bedrooms and bathrooms galore, a modern kitchen, lounge area, den, offices.
“We are engaged in an ecological revolution every bit as profound as the preceding Industrial Revolution.”—SIM VAN DER RYN, PIONEER IN EOLOGICAL DESIGN
Mainstream society has traditionally looked askance at funky houses built with recycled materials: wood salvaged from barns, corrugated roofing from abandoned lean-tos, stained-glass windows from the defunct country church. Today, however, we’re
Architects are taking the bohemian credo and fusing it into home design for the savvy, carbon-neutral-conscious buyer, and Basalt-based architects Christopher May and Steev Wilson of Forum Phi, which specializes in LEED and green building technologies, are examples of the trend. Their latest dream project is a 4,800-square-foot (plus garage) luxury spec home in Brush Creek, and it’s 100 percent off the grid.
“Our intention is to produce far more electricity in a year than we could ever use,” Wilson says. “We’ll put it back on the grid so that someone else can use it. It’s more responsible.” And it still meets the demands of those who insist on high-end amenities. “We’ve given so much thought to every detail,” May adds. “But the idea is that it’s repeatable.It’s buildable. It’s not expensive. This can be done.”
“By looking at your solar angles and prevailing winds, you see what the topography is doing and you let that inform the way the house is going to be. The design is born of the site.”
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