Page D2.1 . 06 January 2010                     
ArchitectureWeek - Design Department
< Prev Page Next Page >
  • Yale's Green Ark
  • Bar House in Aspen
  • Pugh + Scarpa Step Up
  • Five Works by Zaha Hadid

      Current Contents
      Blog Center
      Download Center
      New Products
      Products Guide
      Classic Home
      Architecture Forum
      Architects Directory
      Topics Library
      Complete Archive
      Web Directory
      About ArchWeek
      Subscribe & Contribute
      Free Newsletters


    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    Bar House in Aspen

    by Peter L. Gluck

    The simple and strong geometric shape of the Bar House near Aspen, Colorado — which is a bar set boldly across, rather than nestling along, the valley floor — stands up to the rugged and majestic mountains that surround it. Despite its strength, this house by Peter Gluck and Partners is partly submerged in the ground, as if to lock it into the landscape. The views up and down the valley dominate the interior spaces, but they are tempered in different ways by the varied size and placement of the windows and the shape of the rooms.

    [an error occurred while processing this directive]

    The winter weather is severe, and the sun reaches the bottom of the narrow valley only from the south. The bedrooms and the family room are located in a single-loaded corridor on the south side of the second floor. The linear program gives each room southern exposure and provides spectacular views of the valley.

    An exterior stair is elongated on the northern side, leading to an open-air roof deck, allowing light into the second floor and providing the bedrooms with cross-ventilation. The living room on the ground floor has scenic views on three sides. A garage and guest apartment are located on the other side of the driveway, and an overhang of the house provides protection in inclement weather.   >>>

    Discuss this article in the Architecture Forum...

    This article is excerpted from The Modern Impulse: Peter L. Gluck and Partners, edited by Oscar Riera Ojeda, copyright © 2008, with permission of the publisher, ORO Editions.



    ArchWeek Image

    The Bar House near Aspen, Colorado, was designed by Peter Gluck and Partners.
    Photo: © Paul Warchol/ Courtesy ORO Editions Extra Large Image

    ArchWeek Image

    A ground-floor living space at the Bar House enjoys expansive views from three glazed walls.
    Photo: © Paul Warchol/ Courtesy ORO Editions Extra Large Image


    Click on thumbnail images
    to view full-size pictures.

    < Prev Page Next Page > Send this to a friend       Subscribe       Contribute       Media Kit       Privacy       Comments
    ARCHWEEK  |  GREAT BUILDINGS  |  ARCHIPLANET  |  DISCUSSION  |  BOOKS  |  BLOGS  |  SEARCH © 2010 Artifice, Inc. - All Rights Reserved