Big Picture

Branded Residences. Penthouse locations. Your heart’s desire.

The Sky Residences at W Aspen are being fashioned by way of a tireless pursuit of the new. Each Residence is intended to be a compelling statement of space and design that defies expectations. Where boundaries are limitless. Where abundance runs wild. Where substance and style coevolve… seamlessly.

In Aspen, where really living is best experienced with a twist, The Sky Residences are planned to be the place to lay your head in the clouds. This is to be a "spot one" for the young and a place for the "young for life" to call home. The elevated epicenter of food and fashion in the American West. The original red light district of Aspen. Slope-side on Aspen Mountain. And on any given day, a ski-in and ski-out attraction.

Eleven fractional Residences in the making. Less by design. Independent by nature. Coveted and limited. Effortless ownership for those that possess that rare sixth sense. A true original, in a place that knows one when they see one.

See and be scene. Because great experiences, like great stories, are meant to be shared.

The Sky Residences at W Aspen. Have it. Live it. Share it. All.

Location, Location, Location
The Sky Residences at W Aspen locator map, Aspen
How to Aspen
Dining in Aspen. Hiking in Aspen. Dining in Aspen. Rafting in Aspen. Thug Yoga. Silver Queen Gondola. Aspen Highlands Bowl. JAS Aspen Snowmass concert. Belly Up. X Games. Sky bar. Aspen Food and Wine Classic. Maroon Bells. Shopping in Aspen. Ultimate Taxi.


We strive to reinvent timeless. We like ours shaken… and stirred. We like different. We are relaxed and casual, backstage, inside the velvet ropes. Creating new stories with family and friends. It’s curtain time.

Inspiration can come from anywhere. We did that. We looked high and low. Here and there. But never inside the box. We sought freeing experiences that bolster that fuel for life. Mission accomplished. Ready for take-off. Buckle up.

Desired Personality & Experience


The Mind’s Eye
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Mountain Chalet Style.
On the rocks.

The architectural design of The Sky Residences at W Aspen is proposed to be a modern day translation and renaissance of the Mountain Chalet style that blends a recognizable mountain vernacular with contemporary details.

The Mountain Chalet style originates from the European Alps and various design iterations can be seen around the world, as well as in many US ski resort areas, including Aspen. The designed long-sloping roof forms originate from one- and two-story elements tending to bring down the mass and scale of the building. The Sky Residences will be designed and built with environmentally sustainable goals and materials.

Embracing authenticity. Permeability of space. The unexpected.


W Aspen exterior rendering


W Aspen rooftop rendering


The Sky Residences at W Aspen living room rendering


The Sky Residences at W Aspen living room rendering


The Sky Residences at W Aspen sample floor plan


Renderings courtesy nemaworkshop. ©2016 nemaworkshop. All rights reserved.




Northridge Capital, LLC, based in Washington, DC, acquired the former Aspen Club Lodge in March 2001 and retained Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to transform the lodge into a Kimpton Hotel, reopening as the Sky Hotel in 2002. As an independent commercial real estate investment and asset management firm, Northridge has successfully generated superior risk-adjusted returns to its investors since inception, demonstrating its ability to acquire, manage, and sell real estate assets across a wide variety of property types. Northridge draws upon its substantial network of domestic and international relationships, extensive credit market expertise, and operating and management capabilities to implement US real estate investment programs on behalf of its clients.

Sarpa Development


John Sarpa brings extensive international, national, and local real estate experience to his clients, having been responsible for the acquisition, development, and sales of over $2 billion of real estate in the U.S., Europe, and Middle East over his 30-year real estate career. He has been a major real estate figure in Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley since 1985. He came to Aspen as the head of the development team for The Ritz-Carlton, Aspen, which today is the St. Regis Hotel. He also co-chaired the citizens group that master planned and redeveloped the Aspen Meadows, home of the Aspen Institute, Aspen Music Festival & School, and the Aspen Center for Physics. He was one of the developers and very active in the sales and marketing of the Residences at The Little Nell in Aspen. He has also developed and sold luxury condominiums, single family homes, and ranches in the Aspen area.



W Hotels is a contemporary, design-led lifestyle brand and the industry innovator with 49 hotels including 18 W-branded residences, in the most vibrant cities and exotic destinations around the world. Inspiring, iconic, innovative, and influential, W Hotels provides the ultimate in insider access, offering a unique mix of cutting-edge design and passions around fashion, music, and entertainment. With over 15 years of proven success, W Hotels is on track to reach 75 hotels by 2020. W Hotels have been announced for Shanghai, Tel Aviv, Goa, Abu Dhabi, Phuket, Dubai, Amman, Jakarta, Panama, Riviera Maya, Muscat, Hainan Island, Suzhou, Changsha, Chengdu, New Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Shenyang, Marrakech, Brisbane, Aspen, and Madrid.



nemaworkshop is a team of architects, designers, and thinkers who create spaces which are conceptually bold yet highly sensitive to cultural and social contexts. The studio approaches projects through research and collaborative brainstorming wherein ideas are discussed and reworked until the team emerges with a single cohesive concept. The process is a non-linear approach, adhering to the conviction that good ideas can come from unlikely places. Ultimately, the designs challenge architectural typologies, demonstrate acute cultural awareness, and propose original spatial concepts.

nemaworkshop has received multiple awards for its design of Delicatessen. nemaworkshop won best casual restaurant award by Hospitality Design 2011 for the design of D’espresso.



Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design is a Colorado-based architecture firm. The firm provides residential, commercial, hospitality, interiors, and urban design services that are sustainable and modern. R+B is a growing, boutique design firm that is comprised of AIA registered architects, ASID interior designers, and other highly qualified professionals that value leadership, sustainability, service, and design. As a Colorado award-winning architectural firm, they take their position seriously by serving on city commissions, non-profit boards, and professional association committees.

They place exceptional client service as the core value of their business. By being stewards to their clients, the environment, and sustainable design, they strive to improve their process in order to provide superior architecture and design services.



Forte International is a full-service marketing, sales, communications, and design firm located in Aspen and Denver, Colorado. Over the past three decades, Forte has provided professional services in a broad range of industries, focused primarily on providing services for iconic residential and resort real estate development projects. Over the past 25 years, the Partners in Forte International have served as the marketing, design, communications, sales, and support partner for over $4.9 billion in real estate transactions for clients and projects worldwide. Forte's professional services to the development sector also include master planning, conceptual designs, market research, financial inventory management, bulk sales programs, and operational development and implementation. Forte understands the industry and how to position projects and the sought-after lifestyle they offer to the narrowcast markets they are attempting to reach.



Vann Associates specializes in assisting its clients in obtaining local government approval for their real estate development projects. The firm functions as a liaison or intermediary between the developer and Aspen’s and Pitkin County’s complex approval process.

Vann Associates offers a variety of services to its clients, including development feasibility analysis, land use planning, development application preparation, and client representation before elected and appointed boards and commissions. Since its formation, the firm has successfully obtained development approvals for numerous land use applications. A significant number of feasibility analyses have also been prepared which seek to identify the impact of local land use regulations on real estate development potential. These activities uniquely qualify Vann in the evaluation of the effectiveness of land use regulations and their procedural requirements.



Bluegreen is a broadly talented studio that addresses all phases of planning and design, from shaping ideas to directing implementation. Their design work encompasses residential gardens, resort and hospitality landscapes, civic and transit oriented spaces, large scale master plans, streetscapes, and new communities. Their policy work includes comprehensive plans, land use and zoning strategies and codes, attainable housing programs, design guidelines, sustainability and performance standards, and community engagement programs.

Excellent service combined with an inherently collaborative process engages client, architect, engineer, artist, scientist, and ultimate user in multi-disciplinary teams. This sets Bluegreen apart and has allowed them to earn 16 awards and be published in 44 national and regional magazines, including two books.


Who. What.
When. Where. Wow.

This and that.

Aspen Calling

Aspen. Known for world-class skiing, arts, and cultural communities that rival the most sophisticated cities on the planet.

The ultimate place for unsurpassed recreational activities. An energizing social scene that invites and unites all that come to play. A spirit as vibrant as the explosion of colors that arrive every autumn as the Roaring Fork Valley awaits Aspen’s modern day treasure. A cache not from within the mountains but one found in abundance covering them. A gift from the heavens. A blanket of snow so light, it’s called “champagne.” Thirsty?

From its origin as a 19th century silver mining boom-town, Aspen has evolved into a global destination for artists, musicians, intellectuals, thinkers, and political leaders. And those that just want to chill out in one of the most enduring and magical places… anywhere.

Aspen rocks. And rolls. Happy place found.

The Sky Residences Living

W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are being designed by award-winning design firm nemaworkshop in partnership with Rowland+Broughton Architecture. Locally-inspired, this modern day mountain chalet is planned to celebrate the spirit of Aspen, with entitlements for 88 guestrooms, including six suites, and 11 W‑branded fractional Residences.

A proposed oversized split-level Living Room, the brand’s alternative to the staid hotel lobby, reimagines the traditional dining scene with a modern approach to dynamic cocktails and cuisine. To complete the experience of this incomparable location, the property is programmed to feature a 1,600 square foot outdoor patio and a 12,000 square foot rooftop bar and pool, overlooking Aspen Mountain to create the ultimate experience for après‑ski and warm‑weather events.


May 2017

The Aspen Times

W Hotel work gets underway in Aspen

With an eye on opening the W Hotel by 2019, developers began site work last week to prep for demolition of the slopeside Sky Hotel on Aspen Mountain.

The work signaled the end of a more than yearlong construction delay that was due to litigation with neighbors and financing obstacles for Washington, D.C.-based developer and Sky Hotel owner Northridge Capital, which is working with Aspen developer John Sarpa on the project.

Developers originally had hoped to break ground in April 2016 and open the hotel in time for the World Cup Finals held in March. Last week will have to do instead.

"We started our work on site on Tuesday and for the next few weeks will be putting up the sound fencing and getting the site ready for demolition," Sarpa said Friday in an email to The Aspen Times. "Demolition and then excavation will start soon thereafter."


Aspen Daily News

Construction on W Hotel is underway

Permit is issued to tear down and redevelop site of former Sky Hotel

A $56 million, 20-month-long construction project to tear down Aspen’s Sky Hotel and rebuild a new W Hotel kicked off on Thursday.

Project developers David Jackson of Washington, D.C.-based Northridge Capital and local representative John Sarpa said it’s been a long road to get to this point with a long road still ahead. They had initially planned to start construction one year ago, after receiving land use approval in early 2015.

“The extra year did wonders in tying up details and answering questions about how this will work,” Sarpa said.



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