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R+B Projects Receive BEST Awards from the International Interior Design Association Rocky Mountain Chapter

Meadow House residential project received a Best Award in the Live Category
ASPENX retail project received a Best Award in the Retail Category


ASPEN, CO — August 8, 2023 — Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is excited to share that our Meadow House residential project received a Best Award in the Live Category and our ASPENX retail project received a Best Award in the Retail Category from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Rocky Mountain Chapter. The IIDA Best awards, a design excellence awards program that celebrates brilliantly executed spaces and thinking, were presented at Denver’s Sturm Grand Pavilion.


About receiving the awards, R+B Principal Sarah Broughton, FAIA, NCIDQ shares, “We are so grateful and humbled to receive these important IIDA Best awards. As a firm, we are motivated by our passion for design and the profession overall, and recognition from our peers is always appreciated. Thank you to our clients for their trust and collaboration, as well as to the R+B project teams for their dedication to these special projects. Our partnership continuously serves to elevate our work to new heights.” Led by Broughton, the Meadow House project team included John Rowland, AIA, Principal and Mark Bever, AIA, Project Manager.


Meadow House –  At 8,500SF, the 5-bedroom home is nestled on a 2.5-acre site, at the edge of a meadow formed by ancient glaciers that shaped the dramatic Roaring Fork Valley in which it’s located. With the goal of integrating the home on the site as seamlessly as possible, the team designed an iconic, gabled house form that gradually “peels up” from a traditional symmetrical front to an open back that transitions into the landscape and focuses on the views. The site was purposefully selected for surrounding gambel oaks that provide privacy from neighbors. Panoramic mountain views afforded by the gently rolling slope of the land became the primary organizing element of the home.


The soothing palette of the natural surroundings also influenced selection of exterior materials. Low-maintenance cedar siding and gray-brown stone contrasts with black-metal-framed windows and semi-opaque, shou sugi ban screens. Additional elements include flat, standing seam, and flush joint black metal, steels channels, stone pavers, and glass rails.


Addressing vertical living, the team devised an open tri-level plan, the interior of which flows from room-to-room and level-to-level, much of which is oriented toward views and all within maximum allowed 28-foot height. A defining element linking main and upper levels, an open stair riffs off and directly aligns with the exterior screen. Austrian larch treads align with same-species wide-plank flooring. Throughout, clean white plaster walls provide a backdrop for custom and curated furnishings and the client’s contemporary art collection. Specially commissioned elements include a collaboratively designed one-of-a-kind double-sided fireplace, created in Portugal by famed Haas Brothers of pele de tigre marble. Lighting is discretely layered high and low.


Both the shell and core of the home were designed with sustainability in mind. Significant features include passive brise soleils, radiant heat and a 6.365 kW PV system. A separate greenhouse building was designed to house a year-round edible garden and enable a farm-to-table learning experience for the family.


ASPENX – Set within Aspen’s Gondola Plaza at the base of Aspen Mountain slopes, flagship ASPENX is the premium brand’s first brick and mortar retail experience. Debuted in December 2021, the brand is informed by Aspen’s reputation as an iconic athletic playground destination and parent Aspen Skiing Company’s thought leadership. With bespoke activations throughout the year, the store serves as a location for guests to not only shop premium performance wear, but also immerse themselves in Aspen’s innovative spirit and true experiential brand experience.


At 1,200 square feet, the inviting space has an elevated avant-garde feel. Primary detailing includes custom ebonized oak cabinetry and bleached-oak seating. Custom KGM architectural lighting illuminates the interior, while a dropped ceiling incorporating vertical extruded aluminum in rectangular extrusions adds a sense of light and openness. In addition to the new ASPENX Prada and Aether Collections, seasonal Elevated Bike or Limited Edition Ski Rentals are offered. Further elevating the experience, the space features a NEOLITH stone espresso, wine, and food service bar, which in turn encourages a convivial shopping experience far beyond the norm.