This home is designed for a precipitous site over looking Aspen and the infamous ajax ski slopes just above the township. The main design objective was to design a completely unique home for the clients that met their program requirements but was a departure from the hard edged mountain architecture. Curvilinear forms are used as a way to soften the architecture and allow the structure to meld into the steep terrain.
With great solar access this house orientates to take advantage of the ample amount of sunlight throughout the year. This house has numerous passive solar features to maintain thermal comfort throughout the year such as: Thermal mass, large expanses of glass, shading, super insulation and adequate cross ventilation. This open plan design met all the clients expectations and beyond providing a home that not only nestled into the site but is also a kind of living sculpture of space, light and sensuous form to dwell in. Copper roofs gleam in the sunlight and are a shiny metaphor of the golden rock, the signature of the glorious Rocky mountains that the house has become a part of.
Arion Ocean's unique contemporary architectural style is visually strong, flowing and uplifting incorporating cutting edge principles of Sustainable Designs, Alternative Technology, and Passive Solar Energy. During his long experience as a practicing architect, Arion's academic and professional architectural experience has consistently been augmented by hands-on building experience. Since moving to the Byron Bay region of NSW Australia he has continued to build many of his own design projects and develop his personal aesthetic of Sacred Space Architecture.