At the base of Buttermilk mountain in Aspen, Colorado, sits an inviting lodge that we couldn’t help but explore. When you first walk through the doors, you’re greeted with the sounds of Christmas Tunes and the aroma of fresh coffee. The rustic feel of the Inn, from the wooden structures, to the earthy tones, and green plants, makes you feel at home immediately.

Escape the snowy mountains, and enter the warmth and coziness of the Inn at Aspen.

As you continue through the lobby you can’t help but notice the clean lines, and intricate setup of the space. The dark coloring used in the framework is complimented by the warm tones of the dim lighting. And before you turn the corner into the bar, your jaw drops at the sight of the 2 back-to-back modern gas fireplaces.

Back to back Lucius 140 fireplaces, surrounded by tan leather couches and stocked with plush pillows, is the perfect place to relax after a day on the slopes.

The Inn at Aspen teamed up with Crystal Springs Builders and Z-Group Architects to design the fireplace and surrounding area.

These two talented groups worked closely to bring such a unique design to life.

According to Project Manager, John Underwood:

The main design challenge we faced was creating a dramatic focal point in such an expansive space.  The ceilings alone were 30′ tall, so we knew something substantial was needed.  The back to back Lucius 140 fireplaces paired with the custom steel vent hood created a strong vertical design element and a floor to ceiling focal point for the gathering space.

The layout also ensured that skiers could view the flames from 360°, kick off their boots to warm up, and even take in the hypnotic flames while sipping a cocktail from the nearby bar.



About Z-group:

“The firm’s experience spans a wide variety of project types throughout Colorado and internationally, including projects in Moscow and Japan.  With many of our projects in the Public Realm and involving public funding, we pride ourselves in being “Practical” Architects: our clients generally own and operate the facilities we design for many decades, so it is critical that the buildings are cost-effective, efficient, durable, functional, and attractive…”

About Crystal springs:

“Crystal Springs Builders is a full service general contractor providing professional construction and construction management services throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Crystal Springs Builders was founded on the principle of bringing a team approach to all construction projects — budgeting, scheduling, design, and beyond; we assure our clients receive satisfaction and value for their dollar.”


Posted By: Jamie Nickerson

Jamie is a Marketing Intern at European Home. She is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Marketing at Endicott College. She loves how social media connects us with so many great designs all across the globe. It’s fascinating finding our fireplaces in beautiful places such as Australia, Norway and NYC- all from the comfort of a desk chair! 

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