R+B Newsletter / Summer 2016
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Denver 303.308.1373
COMPLETE / A Sample of Our Accomplishments
Black Birch Modern / RESIDENTIAL / Aspen, CO

The objective of this extensive renovation/addition was to create a modern adaptation, while retaining the iconic gable forms of the existing traditional, lodge-style house. The floor plan was pushed and pulled to create a sense of compression and release as you move through the spaces. The celebration of the gable ends are in-filled completely with glass, which allows natural light and surroundings to permeate inside. The interiors complement the restraint and texture of the exterior materials and form. A mix of modern Italian furniture and fixtures is underscored by hand-made artisan furniture and natural materials.
Our home was transformed through the amazing ideas of John and Sarah. It felt as if they could see through the walls in order to uncover a mountain contemporary home that lives as beautifully for two people as it does eight. It was through the efforts of the R+B team, their attention to detail, relentless follow-up and true partnership with our contractor that we have such a perfect home.  
We would do another project anywhere with John and Sarah and the R+B team. While it might have been hard for us to envision what could be, it was easy for the team. Their creativity and commitment to excellence can be found everywhere in our home.  – Owners, Black Birch Modern
Matsuhisa  / HOSPITALITY / Denver, CO

Alongside Nobu Matsuhisa and the ownership team, R+B set out to create a space that continues to evolve the concept of the Matsuhisa culture for the new 7,800 sq ft Cherry Creek location. In order to remain true to the Japanese culture, a thoughtful, unique, humble and purposeful design was sought. Using the travel experience of R+B principals Sarah Broughton and John Rowland to Japan, along with a collaborative and thoughtful design process, the team developed a clear concept. Matsuhisa Denver is an exquisitely designed restaurant that elevates Denver’s dining experience. The muted, natural palette provides an elegant setting for the unique food presentation.
We are so proud to be a part of this amazing project. Our teams in Denver and Aspen combined their knowledge, skills and spirit to create a design that addresses every detail of the restaurant operation, unites the sensibilities of Colorado and Japan, and showcases chef Matsuhisa's remarkable cuisine. – Sarah Broughton, AlA, Principal, Rowland+Broughton

PROJECT SHOWCASE / Projects In Progress

Five Trees / RESIDENTIAL / Aspen, CO

This modern chalet is tucked into a hillside shoulder of Highlands Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, with views up the Maroon and Hunter Creek valleys. R+B’s goal is to provide a full-time family residence with ski-in, ski-out access to Aspen Highlands. The overall solution is to create a massing that appears as a grouping of small chalets nestled on the hillside. Reclaimed timbers, white oak floors throughout and local sandstone are among some of the materials utilized. This project is exceptional in that it blends old and new elements that are well-suited to the local vernacular and our valleys’ ski culture.

Victorian Square / RESIDENTIAL + COMMERCIAL / Aspen, CO

Victorian Square celebrates the dynamic spirit of Aspen’s rich history. A lapped brick façade at the base connects the building to the neighboring historic brick buildings and grounds the building. Inspired by snow pillows in the nearby landscape, the second portion of the building is formed by a single mass that cantilevers over the edge of the façade. North facing windows incorporate the rhythm of town and reflect the patterns of windows throughout the downtown area. Timeless architectural details respect the craftsmanship of the past, while sleek, fresh lines speak to the modern technology and design.

Hotel Jerome / HOSPITALITY / Aspen, CO

One of the great hotels of the American West, Hotel Jerome is on the National Register of Historic Places (1889) and is renowned for its relaxed elegance. R+B gained unanimous approval for this project from Aspen City Council on May 9, 2016. Under the management of Auberge Resorts, the renovation project at the Hotel Jerome and the Aspen Times building will speak to the heritage of both buildings. The scope of work includes: adding one key to the Hotel Jerome, eight keys in new construction adjacent to the Aspen Times building, revitalizing the courtyard with a new pool area, and preserving and restoring the former Aspen Times building. The renovation honors the historic legacy through architectural preservation, while unveiling contemporary amenities.
Updates from the R+B team 
Pictured above, R+B Interior Designer, Leslie Cope, IIDA Associate, with elementary school children who participated in the 8-week volunteer commitment with The Denver Architectural Foundation’s flagship program, the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL). R+B designers Keith Bartlett, Will Otte, Jack Blythe, Liz Whyte and Leslie Cope worked with elementary school children on a weekly basis to create an understanding of the architectural design process and bring the built environment into the classroom.

Derek Keil joins the Aspen studio as Project Architect, bringing extensive experience in designing across a diverse range of projects. A native of Ithica, New York, and outdoor enthusiast, Derek graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Exploring other subjects aside from chemistry led him to a fascination with architecture and design, which guided him to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he received his Master of Architecture degree. Most recently, Derek worked with firms such as Svigals + Partners in New Haven, CT, and Revuelta Architecture International in Miami, FL. He also spent six years with a Connecticut sculptor turned design-builder, Thomas Luckey. Tom’s company, Luckey Climbers, is a design-build firm specializing in creating unique and imaginative climbing structures for children-oriented institutional and commercial clients.

The Denver studio welcomes Suzannah Johnston as Office Concierge. After graduating from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing, she has spent the last several years in managerial roles in the hospitality and retail industries. Most recently, Suzannah was the store manager and assistant buyer for O2 Aspen, a Yoga/Pilates/Spa studio and women’s contemporary clothing boutique, where she opened their third location in the Cherry Creek North shopping district. Along with her diverse professional experience in customer relations, she uses her business skills to spearhead R+B’s website and social media efforts. Suzannah is happy to be in a creative studio environment and is an integral leader of R+B’s DOF (Director of Fun) Committee, which works to build our culture, and provide team support and satisfaction, through creating opportunities for shared experiences.
R+B welcomes Kurt Peterson as Project Architect in the Aspen studio. A native of the Roaring Fork Valley, Kurt graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelor of Environment Design in Architecture. Remaining in the Denver area, he worked at Marsh & Associates, Inc., a hospitality architecture firm. Kurt then relocated to the Aspen area and worked as a carpenter building custom homes in and around the Roaring Fork Valley, learning the craft of carpentry and deepening his knowledge of custom home construction. Returning to the architectural side of construction, Kurt was a job captain for the architecture firm Land + Shelter. An avid biker, skier and fly fisherman, Kurt also serves on the board for (co)studio, a non-profit design build program at Glenwood Springs High School and as the Chair of Facilities at the Carbondale Clay Center.
Travel + Inspiration
Aspen’s springtime off-season is traditionally travel time for locals. Here’s where some of R+B’s team members set off to, and what they discovered along the way.

John Rowland, AIA (pictured left), Sarah Broughton, AIA, and Todd Biekkola, AIA, attended Salone Internazionale del Mobile, a furniture trade fair held annually in Milan, Italy. “Milan was a wonderful experience. It was exciting to see the new direction of concealment in kitchen design,” noted Todd. “Kitchen islands that would open to reveal the sink and cooktop would then slide back to hide them again. Corner kitchens were on display that could disappear through pocket doors and kitchen storage with integral lighting on all shelves and in drawers made a statement.”

Jayna Kline, Senior Interior Designer, NCIDQ, ASID, IIDA, traveled to New York City to attend the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) and Wanted Design Manhattan. According to Jayna, “Plumbing and lighting designers seem to be loving copper and matte black finishes, and I am, too! I also saw important technological advances with the use of carbon fiber (Tokio), and a new generation of LED lamping (Tala and Buster and Punch).” 

In Las Vegas at HD Expo, Chelsea Lawrence, Interior Designer, NCIDQ, LEED GA, NEWH, and Leslie Cope, Interior Designer, IIDA Associate, observed that, “Color trends are overwhelmingly soft and creamy this year - subtle lilacs, milky blues, and dusty pinks.  Accent pieces in metallic shades of gold and copper bring these delicate and modern pastel tones to life.  And the trend for deep and enchanted hunter-green hues also provides a remarkable statement, especially on larger pieces, like sofas, or even wallcoverings!”
Awards + Publications
AIA Colorado YAAG Award

Dana Ellis, Associate AIA, LEED AP, won Adaptive Reuse and Historic Preservation of White House Tavern
AIA Colorado YAAG Award

Jack Blythe, Architectural Intern, won Online Renderings: Best Digital Exterior Rendering for Ridge House and Best Example of an Elevation for Bowman Building
AIA  Colorado - 2016 Practice + Design Conference

Sarah Broughton, AIA is the co-chair for the annual conference at Copper Mountain Resort on 6-8 October 2016.
DWELL, July/August 2016

Green Machine
Game On, a project designed by R+B and the private residence of Sarah Broughton and John Rowland, is featured as a LEED Gold certified home with smart technology.
WINE SPECTATOR, 30 June 2016

A Professional Touch
The Mountain Wine Cellar is featured as the “Private Cellars” spotlight in this national publication.

Paradigm Shift
R+B’s stunning project, “Black Magic,” is featured on the cover of Mountain Homestyle Magazine and in an eight-page spread.

12 Stylish Craft Distilleries Across the Country
R+B is the only architect firm mentioned in this nationally publicized article, which includes our Woody Creek Distillers project.

Rowland+Broughton Designs Matsuhisa Denver
R+B’s architecture and interior design for Matsuhisa, Denver’s newest posh restaurant, is featured. 

9 Beautiful Bathrooms
The gorgeous Zen master bathroom for R+B residential project Black Birch Modern is #1 in CH&L’s “Beautiful Bathrooms” feature.
DENVER EATER, 5 April 2016

Stunning Japanese Matsuhisa Is Now Serving in Cherry Creek 
R+B project, Matsuhisa, is featured in this local publication.
CURBEDSKI, March 2016

Inside a Swanky 1969 Aspen Gem, Gloriously Renovated
The McLain Flats residence, one of R+B’s most awarded projects, is featured in the ski architecture section for Aspen.

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center Gets a New Look
A feature on R+B’s recent Denver remodel, the Hyatt Regency Denver, was published for the hotel’s 10-year anniversary. 
CREJ, 4-17 May 2016

Rowland+Broughton Provides Hospitality Expertise
Interior design renovations by R+B on three prominent hotel projects is discussed in this article.
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