A Chilly Live-Work Home for An Art Collection
This Alpine retreat in Colorado is for clients who flit between Miami and Aspen.
The design hints at the fact that their architect, StudioB Architects also designs non-residential structures.
The exterior is clad in the sort of zinc panels you see on commercial buildings.
This kind of smooth panel zinc cladding is very energy-efficient, as well as super-efficient in construction.
But it makes for an interesting, if a somewhat cold aesthetic when used in the context of a place for living – but perhaps just right for clients who are serious collectors of very chic modern art.
The clients were looking for a design that was semi-commercial: less about a place to live, but primarily to exhibit an expanding and revolving art collection.
They display their collections of videography and photography in a gallery-like setting, and merely live a little around the edges.
But the effect, though gallery-like, is luxurious. Live in an art gallery? Why not.
Where living must be carried out – for example in the kitchen – the brusque interiors are created of darkened oak flooring and hyper-efficient European metallic engineered cabinetry.
A chilly luxury in the bathrooms is imparted by Carerra marble and porcelain tile shower enclosures.
Clients come to admire the collection cannot fail to be impressed by the wine cellar too.