In the next few months, my 6th book will be published and distributed worldwide. Interestingly, it is specifically about modern Australian architecture, and has a really insightful foreword by Professor Phil Harris. Ironically, I am English and my publisher is based in Pennsylvania. Therefore, it was very important to find credible local connections to give the project integrity. I apply the same dedication to articles published on my website or for other magazines. That is why I was excited when my editor suggested I write an article entitled ‘Architectural Highlights of Aspen.
Most people associate Aspen with winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. However, as I recently discovered, this amazing cosmopolitan city has an abundance of prime real estate. It also is a hot spot for contemporary architecture. Here are some highlights that are designed to make a really bold impression.
The Paepcke Auditorium is a landmark property, which presently operates as Aspen Institute’s main building. This amazing structure was originally created by Herbert Bayer in 1962 and subsequently renovated in 2010. Impressively, the building features a 400-seat auditorium, library, gallery, and several offices.
Wheeler Opera House
Wheeler Opera House is an imposing stone building based on a design by legendary American architect, Willoughby J. Edbrooke from the 1890s. The property is a fusion of Romanesque Revival and Italianate architectural styles, which ultimately gained it recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. Primarily, it hosts prominent musical events, comedy, and local community group productions.
Aspen Art Museum
Aspen Art Museum is a gigantic 33,000-square-foot, a four-level facility located in the heart of Aspen, Colorado. This formidable modernistic structure is the brainchild of renowned Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban – the recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Prize for Architecture. The building comprises eight exhibition and six gallery spaces. Other highlights include a Moving Glass Room Elevator and stunning roof garden.
Lundy House pays tribute to the legendary Bauhaus architect Victor Lundy’s iconic West End home. Built around the original structure, the new residence is the epitome of style and panache. To describe this home as luxurious would be a massive understatement. With an internal footprint of approximately 10,099 total square feet, this residence is presented to the highest possible standard. Features include 6 substantial bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and immaculately manicured landscaped gardens.