Concrete is a 7,500 square foot contemporary home designed by Larry Yaw of Cottle Carr Yaw Architects (CCY). The cantilevered structure perches above and into the view plane, overlooking Aspen’s premiere ski resort and the surrounding high alpine peaks. While the majority of the home is constructed out of architectural board form concrete and structural steel, integral color fiber cement panels add depth to the façade and rain screen integral flashings shield against weather. The concrete provides a real sense of strength and permanence while the wire brushed wood utilized in the casting, expresses the natural grain and soften its feel.
Double-sided board form walls were cast into a singular form to provide a monolithic appearance. The forms also house electrical components, insulation, radiant heat and mechanical systems all of which created unique challenges during construction.
Amazing continuity from the interior to the exterior was achieved by laying out the structure on a ten-inch module, where the surrounding lines appear to have no end. The home is adorned with custom, ornamental metal elements from a set of square corner structural steel columns to a seamless three-part composite stair stringer system featuring an integral glass shoe. The architects captured the scale brilliantly by creating multiple layers and aligning purposes to each room.