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Case study – W Aspen

Redefining a modern day chalet in Aspen, Colorado, rooted in Aspen’s rich history.


At the base of Aspen ski mountain with ski in/ski out access, the W Aspen is reminiscent of the traditional chalet form. The architecture is a nod to the iconic style that speaks to Aspen’s alpine heritage, with modern details and building systems that root the architecture firmly into the present day while instilling a sense of timelessness.


The iconic chalet style was first introduced to Aspen in the 1940s with long, sloping rooflines and siding adorned with wood and stucco that was prevalent in Aspen when skiing was first introduced. Over time, the style has been slowly eroded. The opportunity to create a modern interpretation of the chalet speaks to Aspen’s ski heritage and the prominence of being at the base of the mountain.



The new design is a modern-day translation and renaissance of the chalet architectural style infused with modern day detailing. The W Aspen hotel will provide a venue and place to stay that encourages youth and fun. The variety of amenities and beautifully designed public spaces will become a hangout for locals and visitors alike.


An oversized split-level living room, the brand’s alternative to the staid hotel lobby, reimagines the traditional dining scene with a modern approach to dynamic cocktails and cuisine. To complete the experience of this incomparable location, the property features an outdoor patio and a rooftop bar and pool, overlooking Aspen Mountain, to create the ultimate experience for après ski and warm weather events.


Locally-inspired, this modern-day mountain chalet celebrates the spirit of Aspen, with 88 guestrooms, including six suites and 11 W-branded fractional Residences.


Check out the final project photographs.