One major measure of success for a mixed-use community is how well each of its parts blends and works together. Can you pick out the various components—the commercial uses versus residences—or do they flow seamlessly from one to another? Has there been careful attention paid to circulation routes, multiple entrances, and noise control?
By all accounts, Obermeyer Place, a $70 million, 233,821-square-foot, mixed-use project in Aspen, Colo., definitely succeeds. It combines street-level commercial property, high-end and affordable housing, and a large underground parking structure. And it has a kind of rugged beauty that’s appropriate for its location, a reclaimed mining railroad yard and warehouse site along the Roaring Fork River.
Curved pedestrian walkways connect the five buildings, which form an abstract collage of layers: traditional Aspen brick in graphic patterns, lighter lapped siding, fluid steel, zinc, and translucent Lexan.
In the tradition of great neighborhoods, Obermeyer Place both belongs to its community and distinguishes itself—quite handsomely.
CATEGORY: Mixed-use community
ENTRANT/ARCHITECT: CCY Architects, Basalt, Colo.
BUILDER: R.A. Nelson and Associates, Avon, Colo.
DEVELOPER: Obermeyer Place Re- Development Co., Aspen, Colo.
LAND PLANNER: OTAK, Carbondale, Colo.
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Design Studios West, Denver
INTERIOR DESIGNER: Associates III, Denver