Could you ever leave Oppenheim Architecture and Design's rustic solar-powered house in Colorado if it belonged to you? It's so warm and cozy that we certainly wouldn't want to. La Muna lies in the crook of Aspen's luxury Red Mountain resort and was renovated using an elegant and mostly recycled palette of layered natural materials that frame the dramatic natural surroundings.
The design pays homage to the Japanese spirit of Wabi Sabi in its sophisticated but luxurious simplicity, at the same time that it completely ingratiates itself to the high altitude mountain setting. Solar collectors provide for almost all energetic and hot water needs, ensuring a small carbon footprint. Large operable windows issue daylight and reinforce an inseparability between the inside and outside.
But more than most houses we feature on Inhabitat, this project is defined by its materials. The stalwart reclaimed wooden panels were harvested locally, as was the stone and steel. The moss wall hanging in the living room is cool and we’re especially impressed by the extraordinary view framing; also, take note of the awesome cubic bedroom. A fireplace in the living room is great for thawing out cold ski toes and there’s a hot tub outside. And that’s almost not fair.