Aspen Residence

Aspen, Colorado



For centuries, the single-family house or villa has represented an individual’s relationship to nature. This relationship has been articulated in many ways from an ideal of mutual coexistence to one of control. As an architect concerned with the development of the city and as one who sees the city as the most sophisticated manifestation of society’s relationship to nature, I have conceived of this house as an urbanized collection of parts. This home is set within a dramatic mountain landscape. Rather than be conceived of as a free-floating object aloof of its surroundings, this residence locks itself into the landscape as a series of carefully tuned spaces and structures. This house reflects the urban condition of distinct elements in close proximity and overlap. Each element of the home has been oriented, shaped and juxtaposed to gather the site’s views and to create a rich spatial interior. As a collection of impacted spaces on a dynamic terrain, the ideal of living is united with nature.

Project Team: Jason R. Chandler, A.I.A., Chad Constantine, Edgar Gonzalez, Jonathan Azar, Rod Dyer

Images/Models: Chandler and Associates