Overlooking the town of Aspen, this extraordinary landscape combines quality craftsmanship and materials to create a contemporary outdoor space of unparalleled quality that compliments
the eclectic materials and modern lines of the residence. The centerpiece is a spa and linear lap pool on axis with Independence Pass. On two sides, the pool’s infinity edge allows an unbroken view toward Ajax Mountain. A sunken firepit of bluestone and limestone sits adjacent to the pool for winter warm-ups or summer parties. Vertical granite slabs punctuate the landscape in reminder of the surrounding Rocky Mountain peaks. On a hillside, water flows through a rill and falls over a series of steel scuppers set into low limestone walls to link the master bedroom and kitchen terraces with the main pool terrace.
The long sweep of lawn is bordered by carefully coordinated semi-formal planting beds that contain ornamental grass, coreopsis, sedum, veronica and thyme. Native shrubs and conifer trees provide screening from neighboring properties and blur the interface with the adjacent open space habitat. Zinc planter boxes on all terraces are filled with trailing plants. From the living room, a green roof planted with a colorful variety of sedum sits in the foreground as one enjoys the views of town and the mountains beyond.
This residence was selected as Home of the Year and is featured in the October 2008 issue of Colorado Homes and Lifestyles, the December 2008 issue of Florida Insideout and is the recipient of the 2008 Colorado Chapter of the ASLA Honor Award. This landscape is also featured in the Sept/Oct 2009 issue of Garden Design. Architecture: Zone 4 Architects