Commercial

“Amid change, wood is a fundamental material that is rooted in place.” – Principal Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ

Once the floor of the Roaring Floor Valley, the forest fueled and structured Aspen’s growth. Over the years, the trees have been replanted representing renewal and evolution.

For the design of the new Beginning reception desk, we were inspired by wood as a natural, solid material with strength of character. It is grounding and warm. The design repurposes recycled fir, a material that has historically been used due to its strength and availability, and exposes the fir end grain showing the growth rings of the tree.

Location:

Aspen, Colorado

R+B Services:

Architecture

Project Summary

Aspen Art Museum Reception Desk

Type

Commercial – Specialty

Scope
Architecture

Description

“Amid change, wood is a fundamental material that is rooted in place.” – Principal Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ

Once the floor of the Roaring Floor Valley, the forest fueled and structured Aspen’s growth. Over the years, the trees have been replanted representing renewal and evolution.

For the design of the new Beginning reception desk, we were inspired by wood as a natural, solid material with strength of character. It is grounding and warm. The design repurposes recycled fir, a material that has historically been used due to its strength and availability, and exposes the fir end grain showing the growth rings of the tree.

Through the use of the tactile material at the reception desk, visitors are centered and invited to participate in and experience the Aspen Art Museum as a whole. The journey then continues, ascending the grand stair, or “moving glass” room. The foundational wood Beginning reception desk is further represented and innovated in Shigeru Ban’s architectural woven wood screen façade, the roof trusses, and the paper tube screen.

The Beginning reception desk welcomes, guides, and encourages first time and repeat visitors to engage and grow.

Location:

Aspen, Colorado

R+B Services:

Architecture

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