Aspen, Colorado is home to many interesting architecture projects, one of which we will present today. Willoughby Way is the name of this chalet, envisioned and developed by Charles Cunniffe Architects as an alluring holiday refuge. From afar, the building look perfectly embedded in its dream-like natural environment: “Heavy timbers and stone anchor this home into its site on Red Mountain, while large expanses of glass encompass the mountain views“. Numerous windows and terraces give the passer-by a glimpse of the standard of living inside the retreat.
Stone, wood and glass create interiors filled with warmth. Despite its modern layout, it is nice to observe how the chalet originally pays tribute to the rustic style. The main living area with its high ceilings and large windows framing mountain views provides a great setting for relaxation and contemplation. Throughout the chalet, modern interiors are replaced by more traditional rooms and vice-versa, as if inciting the visitor to discover more and more with each step.
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts