Connection is a monograph of ten residences that articulate the office’s design process and exploration of creating architectural solutions rooted in natural place.
Connection provides insight into how Colorado-based CCY Architects investigates and formulates the connection between people and place. By way of ten recently completed residential projects located throughout the Rocky Mountain region, CCY Architects shares its process and the specific ideas, discoveries, and challenges that emerge with each project. The featured award-winning projects are diverse in scale, location, and intention, including residences in pristine nature, in dense neighborhoods, in an avalanche path, and a house wrapped in music.
The interaction among design and place begins with questions. How to conduct an “interview” with the land to discover qualities which contribute to more powerful design solutions? What should a changing habitat live like, feel like, look like? As CCY uncovers the potential elements of each project, they reflect on and respond to the genuine qualities of the land, light, and seasons to devise the building blocks of a meaningful environment. Common to all is a respect for the land and an intention to forge connections.
– CCY Architects is nationally acclaimed for place-based architecture informed by natural environments. Embracing a modernist approach to the influences of region and culture, CCY believes enduring architecture enhances community, elevates life experiences, and restores connection to the natural world. Based in a small town near Aspen, Colorado, recognition of their work has earned more than 140 regional, national, and international awards. Recent commissions include a Four Seasons Hotel for the Winter 2022 Olympics in Beijing; Piers 29 and 31 on San Francisco’s Embarcadero; and a resort built around champion surfer Kelly Slater’s wave technology in the Coachella Valley.
> Erik ‘Rick’ Sommerfeld (Foreword by) is an assistant professor of architecture and director of Colorado Building Workshop, the design-build program at the University of Colorado Denver. Since founding Colorado Building Workshop in 2009 Rick has built ten community projects in Colorado and, in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF, several charitable homes in Southern Utah. Rick’s work with Colorado Building Workshop and DesignBuildBLUFF has been featured in numerous publications including Modern In Denver, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Mark Magazine, and Colorado Architect.