Boettcher Building


Project Summary

Boettcher Building




Aspen, CO


6,636 SF

Interior Design


Respecting its Bauhaus roots, the R+B team is providing a much-needed renovation of the interior and preservation of the exterior of the 1973 Boettcher Building, located on the Aspen Institute campus.


Particular attention will be paid to refreshing the original design by Bauhaus architects Herbert Bayer and Fritz Benedict, whose concept of honest, octagonal shaped pod buildings was intended to allow seminar participants equal status within the space. Materials selected for the exterior work will respect the simple, readily available materials used for the original construction.


With the goal of further increasing collaboration and creativity within and between dynamic seminar and office spaces, porosity throughout the building will be emphasized and a more usable central space created. The existing open-to-the-elements space will be enclosed with a new roof and feature skylight, and a new glass vestibule will be added to link the two pod buildings. Additional functionality will be added to the overall facility in the form of energy-efficient upgrades, warming pantry, a new accessible restroom and upgrades to existing, and much need storage.


Boettcher Building was named after Colorado business leader Charles Boettcher (1852-1948), whose Boettcher Foundation has contributed more than $300 million over the years to Colorado civic, cultural, community and social services, education and health care.


In conjunction with the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission, historic landmark designation as an Aspen Modern building is being sought for the structure. This project is being reviewed by both the Historic Preservation Commission and City of Aspen City Council.


“It is an honor to participate in the renovation of this important building and to increase its potential for collaboration, creativity and generation of ideas, all concepts that are fundamental to R+B as well. Moving forward, we anticipate a great working relationship with the Aspen Institute team to bring our mutual vision for the Boettcher Building to life.” Principal Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ

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