LA MUNA - Aspen, CO, USA
LA MUNA - Aspen, CO, USA
“La Muna, designed and renovated by world renown architect Chad Oppenheim as one of his family residences, was one of the first houses built in the ultra exclusive Red Mountain enclave in Aspen, Colorado.After thirty years of haphazard changes to the building, this rustic ski chalet – with all its imperfections – is now an homage to the Japanese sensibility of wabi sabi.
Clad in reclaimed regional wood, local stone, patinated copper, and steel, the home is intended to make a minimal impact on the natural resources and merge effortlessly with its idyllic surroundings of forest, stream and mountain. Solar collectors provide needed energy for power and hot water, while extremely large operable panels of insulated glass blur the boundaries between inside and out – further enforcing a connection and deeprespect of place.
Perched alongside a mountain stream, the house blends with its surroundings of large glacier-deposited boulders, pines, aspens, cottonwoods, and service-berries, and is almost invisible from the outside as it is composed of those very same materials. Stunning views framed by each window of Ajax, Highlands, and Tiehack Mountains in the foreground, the 14,000-foot Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Bells in the background.
The inside of the house is cozy and intimate. Expansive exterior terraces include a scenic fire pit and exterior dining area. A large garden of mountain flowers, Aspens, Pines, and Oaks nestle a beautiful copper plunge pool is great to refresh in during the summer months and becomes a great soaking tub heated through solar energy in the winter time. A wonderful Oak grove shelters an additional outdoor dining area.” Oppenheim Architecture
WHAT WE LOVE
The thoughtful renovation. Having endured “30 years of haphazard construction,” we can only imagine what this stunning house looked like “before.” The use of reclaimed wood (everywhere!) ties the design together and creates spaces that are both minimal and comfortable.
The color palette. Variations of gray. Warm. Calm. Inviting. Beautiful.
The wabi-sabi aesthetic. Per the dictionary wabi-sabi characteristics include “asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, intimacy and appreciation for natural objects and processes.” Yes! This house is perfectly imperfect. Well done.
AWARDS + PRESS
Architezer A+ Awards Finalist - Single Family Home, 2014
AIA Miami Design Awards Excellence in Architecture Honor Award, 2013
AIA Miami Design Awards Excellence in Interior Design Award, 2013
Architizer A+ Awards - Residential Interior Award, 2013
WAN Residential Interiors Award, 2013
Americas Property Award - Architecture Single Residence, 2012
DEZEEN – Openheim Architecture celebrates imperfections of La Muna chalet in Aspen during renovation
Wall Street Journal – Architect Chad Oppenheim Goes Rustic With His Aspen Home
ArchDaily – La Muna / Oppenheim Architecture + Design