August 15, 2002
While remaining neutral on the CARE/Farrell topic, I would like to point out that evidently the Morgridges’ donation to Colorado Mountain College was instrumental in the new building alongside highway 82.
Too bad the architect wasn’t more focused on climatological adaptation, or energy conscious design. Sometimes when too much money is available the focus is on other concerns first.
There is a nice humanist touch to the building in seeing the users inside at night, but still it seems more focus should have been placed on “ecology”.
Sorry – but having the roof overhangs on the north and east when the south and west glazing is more exposed to solar heat gain seems questionable (even though we understand view considerations).
The local rumor mill has it that the building had to be retrofitted for air conditioning due to lobby overheating. Some of us, of course, wonder why air conditioning is required at all.
This was an award-winning project, but what about the climatological issues?
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Let’s not even mention the Music Associates of Aspen’s housing solar shading issues, also alongside Highway 82. Contemporary architecture really needs to respond to climate and solar issues and not try to establish a “boutique” style over substance.
What happened to local architecture responding to the context?
Cisco money and flash seemed more important at CMC.
Sven Erik Alstrom, AIA