Ecological Architecture


ECOLOGICAL ARCHITECTURE is design that emphasizes natural materials and the use of renewable resources that come from the earth in such a way that they can be returned to the earth without causing harm.

Featured Work

Aspen, Colorado

The site is bordered by the Rio Grande Trail, Roaring Fork River, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Hallam Lake nature preserve. The master suite and major living areas are on the second floor for privacy and to obtain better views.

This 7200 square foot residence was designed with the longitudinal axis parallel to the river to maximize the riverside orientation of the house. The curved main stair foyer visually connects the floor levels and provides a central organization point for the interior.

This project received a Natural Choice Award in 1994 from the National Wood Window and Door Manufacturers Association (NWWDA), and a Marvin Window Award in 1995.

Telluride, Colorado

Complete renovation of this 1700 sq. ft. two level three bedroom downtown condominium in Telluride began with a new kitchen, living room, and L-shaped deck remodeling.

Slate tile flooring of the entire second floor continues onto the exterior decks which have excellent views of Telluride.

The kitchen features cherry cabinetry, granite countertops, and a bead blasted stainless steel backsplash.

A bead blasted stainless steel and glass guardrail wraps the main stair opening which leads to the downstairs bedroom level, actually on the building second floor above a retail space.

Aspen, Colorado

This project is adjacent to the Elks Building, an Aspen National Landmark and was required to be compatible in its design with neighboring historic structures. On opposite corners of the intersection are two other landmark buildings, Aspen City Hall and the Brand Building.

The storefront design is intended to reference cast iron storefronts from the turn of the 19th century in its layout and use of paired steel column shapes. The form of an engaged colonnade is a reference to historical designs from which modern storefronts and arcades have evolved. A band of Colorado rose sandstone base trim meets the sidewalk and picks up the use of stone in other Aspen buildings.

This project received the City of Aspen HISTORIC PRESERVATION HONOR AWARD in 1993 for Best Commercial Project within a Historic District.

Aspen, Colorado

This project was to “remake” the interior and exterior of this downtown Aspen retail store.

New work included relocating the front entry doors to a central aisle with an arcade and stairs and opening up a former storage room into a retail section.

Curved stairs lead to this new retail section and are identified between the pine columns with a stained three-dimensional wood grid above.

The 3D grid is repeated above the existing window pattern as a transom window trim. A corner display window also repeats this “grid” in a series of pine window display “boxes”.

NOTE: This interior project was demolished in 2001.