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R+B Receives IIDA BESTaward and named to LUXE Gold List



Aspen- and Denver-based firm named to LUXE Interiors+Design magazine’s prestigious
2020 Gold List


ASPEN, CO — October 8, 2018 — Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is excited to share that our Art Barn project has received a 2019 BESTaward in the Live–Residential category from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Rocky Mountain Chapter. The IIDA BESTawards, a design excellence awards program that celebrates brilliantly executed spaces and thinking, were presented on Friday, September 27, at Hotel Born in Denver.


About receiving the award, R+B Principal John Rowland, AIA, shares, “We are so humbled to receive this important IIDA BESTaward. As a team, we greatly appreciate the recognition from such influential peers. In alignment with the philanthropic and artistic sensibilities of our client, our team worked collaboratively to design a thoughtful, flexible and supportive interior concept. Art and architecture are invariably intertwined, and elevating design is vital to the culture of our firm. Congratulations to everyone involved.” Led by Rowland and R+B Principal Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ, the team on the project includes Amanda Christianson, AIA, and Bryan May, AIA.


Rowland+Boughton was also named to LUXE Interiors+Design magazine’s prestigious 2020 Gold List, which represents design professionals who have had projects featured in the past year. Gold List coverage will be included in the magazine’s January/February edition.


About Art Barn – Art Barn is designed for the purpose of philanthropy and displaying various forms of mixed media contemporary art. Sited at the edge of a steeply sloped mountainside, the 6,200 square foot home is positioned so that the entry façade addresses a pastoral ranch meadow and the rear façade frames panoramic views of Aspen below. The design was predicated upon the vision of allowing the ranch meadow and rural vernacular to feather their way onto the site. The simplicity of the singular gable form, along with the minimalist detailing of the “shou-sugi-ban” wood siding and fenestration patern, begins to suggest a clarity and vigor, which is carried through to the inside.

A soothing interior palette features natural materials, meticulously detailed with special attention to precision of alignments. The great room is designed for maximum flexibility with furniture easily removed for large dinner parties, musicals, and other philanthropic events. Two gallery spaces, one on each level, are designed to display a vast range of video art arrangements based on how an artist conceives a space should be experienced. In addition, the auto court doubles as a pre-function space, where guests can enter through large, fully pocketing windows.


Art Barn’s crescendo is the tearoom. Designed as a modern interpretation of an authentic Japanese tearoom, and to accommodate traditional tea ceremonies, the space is located behind hidden doors at the lower level video art gallery. An indoor/outdoor connection with the garden beyond is through a large, corner sliding glass door.

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