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Burlingame Affordable Housing

Aspen, Colorado has one of the most expensive real state markets in the United States. The mountains around Aspen provide beautiful views, skiing, and small-town seclusion, but they also limit the space available for the city to grow. In 2000, the Aspen Area Community Plan called for affordable housing projects based on the goal of housing at least 60% of the city employees within the city limits.

The Burlingame Parcel ‘D’ Affordable Housing Competition consisted of 40 units that range between 650-750 square feet and were targeted for Aspen’s category two and three employee housing criteria. Three teams were selected to develop a design concept on a very difficult narrow 2-acre site located between an industrial complex and a sloping hillside.  This was the wining design entry which was completed in 2004.  The design concept revolves around a south-facing communal courtyard. This courtyard scheme cultivates a sense of community, allows natural light to fill each unit, and provides shelter from the elements. The program is divided into four “compounds”, all united via a common language with each responding to specific site topography.

This project was design with energy efficiency measures, including high-density spray foam insulation; a tight envelope, 90+% furnaces, baseboard hot water radiators, efficient domestic hot-water systems including a solar hot water system, heat recovery ventilators, a fluorescent lighting package, and Energy Star appliances.

  • Date : 06.05.2006
  • Client : Burlingame Affordable Housing
  • Status : Completed
  • Location : Aspen, Colorado