The restoration of Lundy’s landmark mid-century modern home in Aspen, Colorado, required sensitivity to preserve the genius of the original.
Originally designed by American master architect Victor Lundy in 1972, we approached the design for its restoration and extension with deference to this exceptional example of modernist 1970s architecture, which today has a local historic protection designation.
A student of the Bauhaus movement, Lundy was known for his command of light and space. As the design architects, we engaged with light to sculpt the spaces, continuing Lundy’s playful transitions between indoors and out. With subtlety and reverence, we detailed an extension and enhancement of the modest 1,800-square-foot structure, adding 8,000 square feet to the home.
As the design architects, our firm transformed the building massing by following the site geometry, expanding the courtyard, reworking the plan, and adding roof terraces and skylights. Local architect Derek Skalko of 1 Friday Design undertook all construction documentation and site management.
In the spectacular main room, the existing 18-foot-high solarium has new windows that fully open up to the outdoors, offering an awe-inspiring view of mountain and sky, while pulling in light to activate the space and showcase the original 30-foot-long fireplace. Two original bedrooms are now one master with a study, and a new east wing includes four guest bedrooms, a Japanese spa and courtyard, and a green roof and roof top deck.
By sculpting both solid and void, we have echoed the architecture of the original, with our additions providing a respectful backdrop to Lundy’s masterpiece.