Fascinating home in the snowy drifts of Wildcat Ridge

The property for this Aspen, Colorado house is located along the crest of Wildcat Ridge at an elevation of 9,200 feet. Designed by Voorsanger Architects, the 14,250 square foot design incorporates three major elements responding to its spectacular site: a dramatic folded plate roof, an immense moss rock wall marking the division between the east and west wings of the building, and large expanses of exterior glass. The transparency of the building allows for maximum views of the surrounding mountains without competing with their scale.

The design evolved by following the longitudinal parallel of the crest of the mountain with the public rooms, study, and master bedroom oriented west toward Snowmass Village. The house is two hundred feet in length, designed to accommodate a large family. To separate public and private spaces, the architect installed a massive stone wall, using pieces as large as 3 feet by 5 feet. With ceilings as high as 24 feet in some areas, the stone wall anchors the interiors, contributing a sense of scale.

Abundant glass walls frame views of the nearby mountain range. Its renewable energy source is sixty geothermal wells, such that it virtually functions independently of outside support services. The wells heat the driveway, pool, and house during the coldest winter months and cool during the summer without depleting fossil fuels.

Wildcat Ridge Residence-Voorsanger Architects-00-1 Kindesign

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