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A Wabi-Sabi Ski Chalet in Aspen, Colorado

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A Wabi-Sabi Ski Chalet in Aspen, Colorado

December 29, 2017

Chad Oppenheim of Miami firm Oppenheim Architecture took a 1971 Aspen ski chalet with period interiors (read: nightmare) and did the seemingly impossible: turned it into an of-the-moment eco-chic retreat with a distinctly Axel Vervoodt vibe.

Located in the enclave of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, the ski chalet is “an homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi-sabi,” according to Oppenheim. “The house is clad in reclaimed regional wood, stone, and steel, with the intention of making a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its surroundings of forest, stream, and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out.”

Photography by Laziz Hamani, courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture.

a pair of charlotte sofas by verellen are slipcovered in gray linen. 9
Above: A pair of Charlotte Sofas by Verellen are slipcovered in gray linen.
raw steel doors close off the fireplace when it&#8\2\17;s not in use. 10
Above: Raw steel doors close off the fireplace when it’s not in use.
stone gray linen compliments stone side tables and a slab coffee table. 11
Above: Stone gray linen compliments stone side tables and a slab coffee table.
a series of grays intersect in the living room. the moss frame is from jf chen  12
Above: A series of grays intersect in the living room. The moss frame is from JF Chen in Los Angeles.
a dramatically positioned bathtub. 13
Above: A dramatically positioned bathtub.
oppenheim keeps the detailing simple. 14
Above: Oppenheim keeps the detailing simple.
a reading chair draped in fur. 15
Above: A reading chair draped in fur.
a compact kitchen with stone topped island. 16
Above: A compact kitchen with stone-topped island.
a bed carved into a wall. 17
Above: A bed carved into a wall.
in the library, a pair of metal chairs serve as desk seating. 18
Above: In the library, a pair of metal chairs serve as desk seating.
a lounging area with linen covered sectional sofa. 19
Above: A lounging area with linen-covered sectional sofa.
a large window overlooks the mountain range outside. 20
Above: A large window overlooks the mountain range outside.
a simple rectangular hot tub is cut into the stone patio. 21
Above: A simple rectangular hot tub is cut into the stone patio.
an outdoor table carved from stone. 22
Above: An outdoor table carved from stone.
oppenheim wanted the house to disappear into the landscape. to see more, go to 23
Above: Oppenheim wanted the house to disappear into the landscape. To see more, go to Oppenheim Architecture.

And for more Rocky Mountain inspiration, have a look at our Architect Visit: John Pawson in Telluride. Are you as enchanted by cozy winter bedrooms as we are? Don’t miss 10 Space-Saving Ski Cabin Bunks.

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on October 8, 2012.

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