Art Barn


Project Summary

Art Barn


Residential – Custom Home


Aspen, Colorado


6,200 SF

2019 International Design Award - Architecture
2018 AIA Colorado - Best Custom Residential
2018 Interior Design Magazine Best of Year - Honoree
Brent Moss


Art Barn is a home designed for the sole purpose of philanthropy and displaying various forms of mixed media contemporary art. Sited at the edge of a steeply sloped mountainside, the 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 pattern, begins to suggest a clarity and rigor, 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 piece 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. It is accessed via two entrances, one for the tea master and one for guests. An indoor/outdoor connection with the garden beyond is through a large, corner sliding glass door.

OMG IT’S SPECTACULAR. – Homeowner, Art Barn

Exterior of Art Barn gable

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