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Feature Project: Poss Architecture + Planning – Aspen, CO

Dynamic Project Stories

This family retreat is part of an 860 acre working ranch. Local architectural traditions are reinterpreted, creating a unique collection of structures that carefully integrate into the rural site. The master plan creates a compound for the family residence with dramatic views to the Elk Mountains and includes a separate equestrian and working ranch facility located within the existing pastures. A series of connected structures are loosely organized around a central courtyard, reminiscent of regional historic ranch compounds. A bridge wing which houses an office creates a dramatic entry gateway into the compound. Intensive rock site walls, landscaping and cascading water frame the entry through the bridge. Outdoor living is emphasized with various informal gathering areas centered around a swimming pool, fireplaces and outdoor kitchen all designed to feel like a resort retreat.

A simple pallet of materials is used including patinaed copper roofing with varying profiles, stone, and two types of wood siding. A more rustic barn wood siding provides contrast to emphasize the additive nature of the various connected building forms. The post and beam structure is more refined as well, with massive tapered columns and braces creating tree like forms. Large expanses of glass simply frame the timber structures. The entry stair rises dramatically within these trees like columns. Interior stair railings and guardrails have a branch like feel as well. Exterior materials of wood and stone along with the post and beam structure are brought into the interior richly bringing the outside in.

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Poss Architecture + Planning
605 East Main Street
Aspen, Colorado 81611


Structural Associates, Inc.