Aperture’s first residence is a distinctive mountain modern home inspired by Crested Butte’s history. Foundation and framing work began last fall, and over the summer the siding, roofing and windows have been installed and the interior is taking shape.
The 4,580 sf home with 6 bedrooms and 6.5 baths is being constructed on lot 17, which is 0.75 acres and features spectacular views of Mt. Crested Butte. The home is being built by Michael Weil Custom Homes and was designed by renowned Dallas architect, Russell Buchanan. Buchanan described his inspiration and vision for what he calls Aperture House as follows:
“Before Crested Butte was settled in 1874, it was a mining outpost. The early buildings were simple gabled structures made with wood and corrugated metal, a newly invented material (c.1820). These early buildings were unadorned with decorative architectural elements and can still be seen today in the ranches that surround the town.
This early architectural history of Crested Butte provides a touchstone for the concept of the Aperture House. The design is informed by a fondness for reclaimed, sustainable materials and inspired by the vernacular architecture of the historic local settlements. Simple gabled forms echoing the architectural heritage of Crested Butte are paired with contemporary planning and crisp detailing to make Aperture House the ideal setting for today’s active family lifestyle.
Aperture House is designed to capitalize on the panoramic views to the east and south. By orienting the building to align with the peak of Mt. Crested Butte, the residence maximizes the visibility of this spectacular view to the east. The great room on the first floor and the guest suites on the second floor all face toward Mt. Crested Butte. Likewise, the master suites on the first floor are oriented to take advantage of the unparalleled views of the valley to the south. Patios next to the great room and the master suites create comfortable outdoor spaces animated by natural light and mountain scenery.
While the orientation of the residence focuses on views to the east and south, Aperture House is also oriented to maximize energy efficiency. Operable windows throughout provide passive air circulation to every room. Windows facing west are limited and smaller in order to protect the residence from late afternoon solar heat. No windows face north in order to protect the building from the chilly winter weather.
Aperture House is constructed using the most energy efficient, durable, low-maintenance materials available. High performance wall and roof insulation systems are paired with a radiant heat system to make the building energy efficient in any climate. The insulated windows are clad for durability and the exterior metal siding requires no maintenance and looks better with age. The palette of materials used throughout the residence is warm and neutral.
Tailored detailing and superior construction of the house executed by master craftsmen are what make Aperture House truly unique.”
Aperture House at 172 Pyramid Avenue is scheduled for completion in summer 2020.