Aspen Alchemy

By Katie Rapone| Photos by Steve Mudinger Photography

NESTLED AT THE FOOT of Ute Place in Aspen stands this contemporary home, designed with the splendor of the landscape in mind. “We wanted to use the native stone elements of it to ground the house to the site and integrate it into the landscape,” says Bill Poss, architect and founder of Poss Architecture + Planning, one of the largest architectural firms in Aspen.

An ode to its original form—a 1980s single-family residence—this home is every bit the contemporary re-design without compromising on comfort or serenity. “There’s a lightness to the wood elements that contrast the heaviness of the stone,” says Poss. Where possible, sustainable materials were used, including the siding on the house, which is made from a farmed teak product.

The layout of the 6,500-square-foot home, with five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths, was carefully reconfigured to take advantage of the magnificent views of Aspen Mountain and the gondola. “We flipped the plan around to maximize the entertaining space so that the most-used rooms have the best views,” Poss says.

ABOVE: The spacious kitchen features Sub-Zero appliances as well as uniquely customized granite and concrete countertops. Reclaimed stone floors were specially imported from Europe to add a sense of history to the home.

LEFT: Keeping the casual Aspen lifestyle in mind, the living, dining, kitchen and family areas were opened up to function as one big space. The residence was also specially configured to display an extensive art collection, including the addition of a front entry gallery. “We really looked at the positioning of the art pieces to give them maximum exposure and give each piece prominence,” Poss says.





970.274.8096 |
CABINETRY: Kerr Cabinetry
LIGHTING: Robert Singer + Associates
970.963.5692 |
COUNTERTOPS: Argento, Inc.
CONCRETE: Concrete Revolution
303.893.4814 |