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Golden Dune Granite and New Pearl Limestone bring a contemporary mountain masterpiece to life


It’s no surprise that capturing the panoramic views of both Aspen and Shadow Mountain was one of the main objectives for Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design when creating this luxurious new five bedroom home in Aspen. Despite the challenging constraints of a tight building envelope, what this team masterfully delivered was Hawthorne House: a spectacular custom-designed residence exemplifying contemporary mountain design..

In fact, it was the constraints of the tight building envelope that pushed the design towards a more linear form, allowing more spaces throughout to open up to the expansive views. And, with a backdrop as breathtaking as Aspen Mountain, merging the indoor and outdoor spaces was inherent to the design.

The clever use of natural materials – golden dune granite, new pearl limestone and walnut - helped to achieve the desired character for a contemporary mountain home, and also brought those expansive, must-see views inside.

For instance, natural stone walls move seamlessly from the exterior to interior spaces. Supplied by Rhodes Architectural Stone, every element is hand crafted to custom specifications, using a blend of hand-finished textures that vary as the stone glides from the outdoors to the indoors. On the outside, Golden Dune Granite encases the reflection pond, and adorns the sunken water feature with solid blocks and hand carved water channels. Complementing the granite is an oversized New Pearl Limestone wall veneer, which continues inside to a vast wall facing covering the three-level stair hall and surrounding the three-sided fireplace.

“The soft grey in the stone help to create a serene environment along with the walnut wood flooring and panelling. The warm tones in these finishes were the backdrop to creating the furnishings package that all come together to create a cohesive design” adds Melanie Grant, Director of Interior Design at Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design.

Of course the generous use of floor to ceiling glass throughout the residence both frames the natural stone and welcomes an abundance of light in to every room.

The result is a light-filled, unique residence, which beautifully showcases the natural surroundings, exuding warmth and rich textures. Most importantly for the architect, the client is incredibly pleased with end result, in terms of the overall design functionality and the detail of the finished home.

Hawthorne House simply is a contemporary mountain masterpiece.

For more information on the hand crafted stone used on Hawthorne House, please email Rhodes Architectural Stone: info@rhodes-stone.com.

Architect: Poss Architecture + Planning and Interior Design

Interior Designer: Poss interior Design in collaboration with Paige Larkin

Product: Golden Dune Granite and New Pearl Limestone

Builder: Kaegebein Fine Homebuilding

Photographer: Michael Brands

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