It’s hard to compete with the gorgeous views of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley, but architecture firm Studio B succeeded in complementing the landscape with their redesign of the Aspen Community School. Recipient of numerous AIA Colorado awards, the Aspen Community School is a light-filled learning environment in Woody Creek, a remote village northwest of Aspen, Colorado. Powered by rooftop solar panels, the new building is a renovation and expansion of an existing school for children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Surrounded by mountains, the Aspen Community School enjoys magnificent views in all directions. Studio B renovated the school, which was founded in 1970 and comprised a series of small timber-framed buildings, and added a new academic building and gymnasium. The architects worked closely with the community and school staff in a collaborative design process to achieve a “reinforced sense of campus and community.”

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The architects used a low-maintenance and earthy materials palette comprising rusted metal shingles, fiber-cement board, and Western red cedar siding on the building facades to match the surrounding landscape. Warm-toned timber lines the interior and is used for furnishing. Rooftop solar tops the new 13,500-square-foot academic building, while ample natural light flows through the clerestories and large glazed surfaces.

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