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Striving to reinvent timeless. Shaken… and stirred. Different. Relaxed and casual, backstage, inside the velvet ropes. Creating new stories with family and friends. It’s curtain time.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. High and low. Here and there. But never inside the box. Freeing experiences that bolster that fuel for life. Mission accomplished. Ready for takeoff. Buckle up.
The architectural design of The Sky Residences at W Aspen is 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 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 are designed and built with environmentally sustainable goals and materials.
Embracing authenticity. Permeability of space. The unexpected.
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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 U.S. real estate investment programs on behalf of its clients.
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.
Born from the bold attitude and 24/7 culture of New York City, W Hotels, part of Marriott International, Inc., has disrupted and redefined the hospitality scene for nearly two decades. Trailblazing its way around the globe, with over 50 hotels, W Hotels defies expectations and breaks the norms of traditional luxury wherever the iconic W sign lands. With a mission to fuel guests’ lust for life, W ignites an obsessive desire to soak it in, live it up, and hit repeat. The brand’s provocative design, iconic Whatever/Whenever service, and buzzing Living Rooms create an experience that is often copied but never matched. Innovative, inspiring, and infectious, the brand’s super‑charged energy celebrates guests’ endless appetite to discover what’s new/next in each destination, to see more, feel more, go longer, stay later.
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 Aspen 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 iconic residential and resort real estate development projects. The Partners in Forte have served as the marketing, sales, communications, design, 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 design, 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.
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 who 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 who just want to chill out in one of the most enduring and magical places… anywhere.
Aspen rocks. And rolls. Happy place found.
W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are designed by award-winning design firm nemaworkshop in partnership with Rowland+Broughton Architecture. Locally‑inspired, this modern day mountain chalet celebrates the spirit of Aspen, offering 88 guestrooms, including six suites, and 11 W‑branded fractional Residences.
An 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 features a rooftop WET Deck and bar area with heated pool and spa, fitness facility, fire pits, food service, lounge seating, and cabanas. There is also a private, Owners-only 4th floor roof deck with a spa, lounge seating, BBQ grill, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen are located at 550 South Spring Street, directly across from The Little Nell, in what is widely considered a “100%” location in Aspen, Colorado. Mere steps from the Gondola Plaza, the location is ski-in, ski-out, which is only the case for the W Hotel/The Sky Residences at W Aspen and The Little Nell.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen are truly one of the most sought after addresses and prime locations in all of Aspen. Everything that the world-class resort of Aspen offers its residents and guests is just outside your door.
There are eleven branded Residences at W Aspen. Six three-bedroom, three-and-one-half-bath Residences, and five two-bedroom, two-and-one-half-bath Residences. The three-bedroom Residences average 1,993 square feet of interior living space, and the two-bedroom Residences average 1,567 square feet of interior living space.
The spacious floor plans are designed by NYC-based nemaworkshop and are strikingly furnished with open, gourmet kitchens, distinctive appointments, and impeccable detailing, and include expansive balconies, increasing the livable floor area for each Residence.
All the Residences are in prime locations within the building, featuring expansive views of Aspen Mountain, Independence Pass, Red Mountain, or downtown Aspen.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen are offered for sale as a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate. The shared ownership, or fractional ownership interest, allows Owners to enjoy their second home for just the perfect amount of time they wish to use it, at a fraction of the cost of whole ownership.
An Owner can enjoy all the benefits of owning a beautifully appointed Residence with impeccable amenities and services without worrying about maintenance and upkeep. Plus, ownership at The Sky Residences at W Aspen is a real estate asset that can be resold or transferred.
Ownership of a Sky Residence provides Owners the best of all worlds: carefree ownership of a second home in a world-famous location, plus access to the unsurpassed amenities and services for which W Hotels is recognized worldwide.
Each 1/10th ownership interest provides five weeks of use by each Owner. The four guaranteed Planned Vacation Weeks are established within the winter and summer seasons, with two weeks of use in each season. The fifth week of ownership, Space Available Nights, will be either dedicated to the winter or summer season, depending upon ownership preference.
Subject to current use rights, Owners, their family members, and accompanied guests may stay as often as they wish at The Sky Residences at W Aspen. Owners can plan ahead and reserve up to 28 Planned Vacation Nights per year or decide on a last-minute respite. In addition to Planned Vacation Nights, there are plentiful opportunities for Space Available and Short Notice Space Available Nights, based on availability.
Once Owners have had the opportunity to book their two Planned Vacation Weeks for the upcoming season, Owners are then allowed to request their dedicated seasonal Space Available Nights. Once Owners have booked their Space Available Nights, Residence availability is then offered to Owners for usage on a short-notice basis within 30 days of arrival. Subject only to the reservation procedures, there is no limit to the number of times you can vacation at The Sky Residences each year.
Owners have equal access to each Residence within the inventory type they have purchased. Three-bedroom Owners will always occupy a three-bedroom Residence, and two-bedroom Owners will always occupy a two-bedroom Residence.
Most Owners will consider different times of the season to visit their Sky Residence. Owner usage will always fluctuate from year to year, and Owners have a number of flexible options beyond simply canceling one set of vacation dates and booking another. Owners can choose to send friends and family to enjoy their Sky Residence as unaccompanied guests during the Planned Vacation Weeks, subject to current ownership rules. Owners may also release their Residence as a short-term rental.
Yes. The Sky Residences at W Aspen property has an on-site, secure area to store recreational or ski equipment, clothing, or personal items.
Yes. Each Owner owns an undivided, deeded, fee simple interest in real estate. Ownership is evidenced by a real estate deed, recorded in the county records, and insured by a title insurance policy. The deeded 1/10th undivided interest can be financed, willed, placed in a trust, or owned by a separate legal entity, such as a corporation.
Each Owner receives a deed, a fee simple title, to a fraction of a Sky Residence and to an undivided interest in The Sky Residences’ common areas at closing. Owners also receive an ALTA title insurance policy, issued by a nationally recognized title insurance company.
The Annual Assessments cover property taxes, maintenance, professional management, and the operation of all facilities and amenities. The fees provide funds for staff salaries, supplies, interior and exterior maintenance, landscaping, window washing, trash removal, legal and accounting fees, fuel, utilities, insurance, cable TV, Wi-Fi, telephone service, and a capital fund for replacement of furniture and finishes. Housekeeping is included for Planned Vacation weeks but not for short-term stays.
Owners incur charges for use of a la carte amenities and services, provided by W Aspen.
Owners at The Sky Residences enjoy the convenience and exceptional experience of living in a fine resort property. Pre-arrival Residence preparation is offered along with other services, including a resourceful concierge and attentive staff. This is part of Whatever/Whenever® service offered at this property.
Owners at The Sky Residences will enjoy access to full amenities and services:
24-hour front desk services
Wheels W® Valet parking
Airport and local area transportation
Pre-arrival services and Residence preparation
Travel and transportation services
FIT® fitness facility with state-of-the-art exercise equipment
Access to all W Aspen amenities, including the rooftop WET Deck and bar area with heated pool and spa, fitness facility, fire pits, food service, lounge seating, and cabanas
Private Residence Owners-only fourth floor roof deck with private spa, lounge seating, BBQ grill, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit
On-property ski locker room
On-site ski/snowboard shop with daily and weekly equipment rentals and demos available
Private, year-round, climate-controlled storage area
Text messaging service (deliveries, guest arrivals, etc.)
Wireless and high-speed internet access
Boardroom/meeting rooms available for rent
Business center services
Please reach out to the Director of Sales of The Sky Residences, Erin McGuire, regarding more specific pricing information.
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Yes. Financing can be available for purchasers of a Sky Residence. The developer of The Sky Residences at W Aspen is working with several lenders to provide potential financing options.
Construction of W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen began in May 2017. Anticipated opening is scheduled for July 2019.
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The highly anticipated W Aspen opens this summer
Mountain deluxe architecture and decor, rooftop amenities with some of the best views in Aspen, and urban-chic vibes thanks to the iconic W Hotels brand — The Sky Residences at W Aspen are transforming the town’s luxury shared ownership market.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen, a limited collection of only six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom W-branded Residences, are debuting this summer. The Sky Residences are offered for sale as a 1/10th shared ownership interest in real estate.
As the property at the base of Aspen Mountain has taken its new shape after the Sky Hotel’s demolition in 2017, it’s clear that what was once one of Aspen’s most exciting and hip gathering spots is not only going to carry on that tradition, it’s going to exceed it.
“The Sky Residences at W Aspen feature compelling statements of space and design that defy expectations,” said R.J. Gallagher, Jr. of Forte Aspen: Residential Marketing & Sales. “It’s where an Owner can get away from it all, while having it all. Effortless ownership, where quality time with family and friends is the only order of the day. And night.”
Built for Aspen
Located on the third and fourth floors of W Aspen, The Sky Residences are modern and luxurious, with many energy-efficient building and lifestyle features fit for this environmentally-conscious town.
“W Hotels Worldwide is a really unique brand in the sense that no two properties are the same,” said Owner and Co-Developer David Jackson of Northridge Capital. “W Hotels starts with the local community and comes up with a design narrative that fits in with that community.”
In Aspen, reflections and echoes of Aspen’s past, as well as its current environment, will be visible throughout the property. Patterns in carpets will feature Ute Indian tribal designs, while artwork and other interior decor will incorporate some of the go-go days and Aspen’s jetsetters, as well as silver mining relics.
“As you walk around, you’ll recognize so many details unique to Aspen and its history,” he said.
Well known street artists are completing artwork on the walls at several highly visible locations throughout the property. The staircase on the north end of the property is the site of a street art installation expanding from the basement level all the way to the rooftop. “This art is going to be incredible. I predict people will want to travel to Aspen just to see it,” said Jackson.
With architecture by Aspen firm Rowland + Broughton, local expertise from Sarpa Development, and Northridge Capital’s experience as owner of the Sky Hotel for 16 years, this is a team that knows Aspen. The result is a property that fits in with the town both architecturally and culturally.
“Our incredibly beautiful views of the majestic mountains and our historic town are open for everyone to enjoy. When combined with the excitement and fun the W Aspen team will bring to the property, Aspen will once again set the bar as no other place can,” expressed Co-Developer John Sarpa.
Owning a piece of Aspen
From a dedicated residential staff to the perks of Whatever/Whenever® Concierge services, The Sky Residences at W Aspen Owners can enjoy a carefree lifestyle where everything is taken care of. Amenities include 24-hour front desk services, housekeeping, a state-of-the-art fitness facility, below-grade parking garage, room service, and more.
Jackson and Sarpa point out that the W Aspen staff will make Owners feel like celebrities around the clock. W Hotels is known for impeccable service combined with an unsurpassed ability to quench guests’ lust for life. The Sky Residences at W Aspen are a place where Owners can begin new family traditions and create lasting memories.
“This shared ownership opportunity offers a unique combination of the hip W brand and the prime Aspen location,” said Gallagher. “All of these amenities right at Owners’ fingertips — in one of the greatest locations, in one of the most desirable towns, in the world.”
Public amenities include an underground late-night speakeasy — named 39 Degrees as an homage to the Sky Hotel — a rooftop bar with hot tub, cabanas, and spectacular views of Aspen Mountain from one of the highest points in town. Owners have access to all W Aspen amenities, plus Owners-only perks such as an exclusive rooftop, the private Owners’ deck on the 4th floor, with a fire pit, hot tub, and BBQs.
“If Owners want to be part of the scene, it’s there and accessible to them. If they want to escape from it, they can retreat to the Owners’ deck,” Jackson said. “This is a very special property in terms of its rare and prominent location and its colorful history with the community of Aspen and its visitors. As the owners, developers, and stewards of W Aspen, we understand its significance as a resort asset and the role it plays in keeping Aspen a desirable, must-do tourism hot spot. But most of all, we are proud to carry on the Sky Hotel legacy as a neighborhood gathering place and the heartbeat of Aspen.”
The Sky Residences at W Aspen Amenities
Aspen’s restaurant and bar scene never sleeps. Even as the town shuts down in the dead of offseason, behind closed doors deals are being made, and in the light of day, construction season flourishes.
Here’s a look at some of this summer’s most anticipated additions.
The W Aspen
Replacing the local favorite Sky Hotel, this swanky new spot has some big shoes to fill.
The W Aspen will boast a rooftop patio bar with a pool and jacuzzi, fire pits, cabanas, and views of Aspen Mountain. It also will house a living room area with a built-in DJ booth suspended from the wall.
“Our team is focused on activating W Aspen around our guests’ passion points of design, music, fashion and fuel,” says hotel general manager Greg Durrer. “We will be partnering with local and regional experts in order to bring these experiences to life.”
An homage to the defunct Sky Hotel, the ground floor lounge will be called 39 Degrees. The menu will include craft cocktails and bar bites, while the living room lounge will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain, the hotel will offer 88 bedrooms and suites and 11 residences.
The Aspen location is the second of the international brand’s mountain resorts; the first opened in Verbier, Switzerland in December 2013.
As of press time, the W Aspen expects to open its doors the third week of July.READ MORE >
Ask someone to imagine Aspen, and there’s a good chance they’ll picture wintry Rocky Mountain slopes glinting with fresh powder or autumn sun illuminating a hillside dotted with the golden trees that give the town its name.
But to those in the know, Aspen’s prime season just might be summer, when the weather is sublime, festivals overlap and musicians, chefs, mixologists, creatives and visionaries from around the world flock here.
The possibilities for Aspen summer fun and adventure stretch as high as the Maroon Bells peaks, and packed days are best brought to a close while lingering with friends over world-class cuisine and drinks.
Experience the Summer Festival Scene
In the summertime, sweeping mountain vistas inspire lofty thoughts as the world’s leading thinkers, writers, artists, entrepreneurs and dreamers gather for the Aspen Ideas Festival and Aspen Summer Words literary festival in June.
Summer Words is a six-day event for writers and readers that includes creative writing workshops, panel discussions and readings by top authors. The Ideas Festival brings scientists, public officials, economists and more to Aspen for 10 days of public panels, on-stage interviews, debates and lectures.
One year’s typically eclectic lineup for the Ideas Festival included luminaries such as the musician Common, the bestselling author Tara Westover, professional basketball player Kevin Love and Vincente Fox, the former President of Mexico.
Even if you don’t register for the daytime workshops, talks and symposiums, the guest speakers and attendees tend to spill out into the town’s bars and restaurants at night and engage in lively discussions with anyone who sparks them.
Impress your friends with your skills at identifying the Pulitzer Prize winner while sipping a Burning Man cocktail at local steakhouse The Monarch.
Unwind on the W Aspen Rooftop Deck
Rising directly at the base of Aspen Mountain and just steps from downtown’s trendy restaurants and shops, The Sky Residences at W Aspen offer the premier location for grooving on mountain views.
The outdoor WET Deck is open year-round, but in summer the mountainside turns vivid green under the vast blue sky, and the 360-degree view is breathtaking. Dance to live DJs, soak in the hot tub and swimming pool, or just hang out by the fire pit and sip a cocktail with friends knowing that Aspen’s summer playground lies just beyond this hip enclave.
Summertime and the Living Is Easy
Although the opportunities for alpine sporting adventures abound for miles in every direction, the town of Aspen itself is compact, providing the perfect atmosphere for skipping from one experience to the next.
Outdoor lovers have it good here, as they’re in easy access to top-notch hikes like the easy Rio Grande Trail, or the slightly more difficult Smuggler Mountain Trail, which rewards hikers with stunning valley and mountain views. For wildflower spotting, head to Cathedral and American lakes.
Adrenaline junkies should point themselves to Aspen Paragliding for a flight through the Colorado sky, or hit Roaring Fork River for whitewater rafting and casting a line for brown, cutthroat and rainbow trout.
Once you’re had your sporty fix, hit the Aspen Saturday Market, open in summer and early fall, for local produce, a food court and live music. Enjoy the high-country atmosphere in the outdoor beer garden at Hops Culture and choose from 30 different on-tap brews. Or for an underground experience, savor a Oaxacan Daiquiri at Hooch Craft Cocktail Bar, tucked into the basement of Meat & Cheese Restaurant & Farm Shop.
The Aspen Art Museum attracted international notice when its striking new building, designed by Pritzker prize–winning architect Shigeru Ban, opened in 2014. The building, a modernist, latticelike cube, spills sunlight into an interior filled with provocative contemporary art.
Plus, the SO Café at the top of the museum features delicious food and drinks, views of Independence Pass, and in the summer, various evening entertainments, including Movies at the Museum, Jazz Aspen Snowmass café shows, dance performances and “Music with a View” collaborations with the Aspen Music Festival.
A wide variety of bands and singer-songwriters appear on the intimate stage at The Belly Up year-round. If you’d rather party with the see-and-be-seen set, try your luck at making it past the velvet rope outside the Escobar Aspen, or to be safe, reserve a table in advance. The club’s décor is reminiscent of the inside of an airplane — if the airplane were filled with neon decor, laser accents, pulsing DJ beats and dancing revelers.
Tune into Aspen’s Music Festivals
Almost 30 years ago, the Jazz in Marciac festival in southern France inspired music lovers in Aspen to create their own mountain music extravaganza, which has since expanded into a series of concerts in June and an open-air Labor Day festival that encourages crowds of 10,000 attendees to dance their cares away.
Today, Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) has expanded to usher in a new format. The June Experience fills smaller downtown venues with live performances, allowing concertgoers to walk from one show to the next and catch multiple acts in one day.
Over the years, a variety of greats from a myriad of genres have played JAS, including Al Green, B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Michael Franti, Mumford and Sons, and the Roots.
Classical music lovers descend on Aspen each summer to attend the Aspen Music Festival and School, an eight-week season of performances and training of mostly young-adult musicians.
More than 400 classical music events fill the schedule and feature orchestras, solo and chamber music performances, opera productions, master classes and more.
Find Your Foodie Haven
Does food taste better at 8,000 feet? Maybe, especially after a day spent working up an appetite while hiking, biking and shopping in and around this Rocky Mountain town. But the talented chefs who create innovative feasts for foodies every June at the Food & Wine Classic don’t need any altitude assistance.
A pass to the festival buys savory meals and a chance to mingle with celebrity chefs, James Beard Award winners, Food & Wine Best New Chefs and champion cocktail mixologists.
Attendance is capped at 5,000, ensuring prime access to all pass holders. Tickets sell out months in advance, and events include wine seminars, cooking demonstrations and dinners in which chefs from across the country recreate the dining experiences of their signature restaurants.
The Sky Residences at W Aspen represent an exclusive shared ownership opportunity slope-side on Aspen Mountain. The Sky Residences are a limited collection of only six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom W-branded Residences. W Aspen is opening this Summer 2019.READ MORE >
What you can expect at the W Aspen
The W Aspen, built from scratch on the site of the former Sky Hotel, will open in mid-July after two years of construction. Curious? So were we. The hotel’s general manager, Greg Durrer, shared with us what to look for.
1. A striking egg-shape pod, designed to resemble a silver nugget, hangs suspended over the lobby. Inside the pod … a DJ booth.
2. Local celebrated architecture firm Rowland and Broughton designed the modern chalet; in-demand New York firm Nemaworkshop did all of the interiors.
3. The 8,000-square-foot rooftop pool area (or the Wet Deck, in W parlance) features a full bar, cabanas, firepits, an oversize hot tub, and the aforementioned pool, along with an up-close view of Aspen Mountain. Better yet, it’s open to the public.
4. Instead of parallel beds, double queen rooms have a tiered setup; along one wall, one bed sits behind the other, elevated on a platform that also provides extra storage for bulky items. The unique arrangement allows for more open floor space, too. Dance party, anyone?
5. 39°, which Durrer calls an “ultra-lounge,” evokes Aspen’s long-ago red-light district—located where the hotel now sits—with bordello-inspired décor trended up by craft cocktails and a menu of shareable eats. And, of course, the moniker reflects the name of the much-loved lounge and après-ski party spot in the Sky Hotel.READ MORE >
Aspen’s first major new hotel offering in a decade is scheduled to debut this summer, at the base of Aspen Mountain. Promising to cater to the cachet of Aspen-aspiring, affluent millennials, W Aspen’s modern chalet will also please locals with a chic public rooftop reminiscent of the property’s former iterations as the Sky Hotel and Aspen Club Lodge, both known for killer après scenes—no matter the season.
Marriott International (owner of the St. Regis and W luxury brands) now occupies both east and west sides of Aspen Mountain.
“Our strategy was to layer various stories of Aspen throughout,” says Anurag Nema, principal of Nemaworkshop of New York. “Mainly, we drew from Aspen’s history as a silver mining town [beginning in 1881]. This informed everything from the lobby lounge, guest room corridors, miner-style lamps and the illuminated dioramas found in each of the standard rooms to the metallic silver palette in the rooms.”
The opening of W Aspen brings the total of ski-in/ski-out hotels in Aspen to two. Its neighbor, The Little Nell, is the other.
“The iconic chalet style was first introduced to Aspen in the 1940s, and over time, the style has been slowly eroding,” says John Rowland, principal of Rowland+Broughton. “The opportunity to create a modern interpretation of the chalet speaks to Aspen’s ski heritage and the prominence of being at the base of the mountain.”
The WET Deck, W Aspen’s public rooftop, will feature a heated pool, hot tub, cabanas, fire pits, a dance floor, bar and 360-degree views—the perfect gathering spot for locals and visitors.
The Sky Residences offer 11 shared ownership units (six three-bedroom and five two-bedroom) on the property.
Anyone who remembers the 2017 ski season closing party at The Sky Hotel knows that what now stands in its place, the new W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen, has a lot to live up to. Specifically, a reputation as one of Aspen's foremost places for fun and frolic. (Its '80s iteration, the Aspen Club Lodge, held its own as well.)
Launching this summer as parent company Marriott International's only alpine resort escape property in the United States, the W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen promise a youthful, energetic vibe conviviality for locals and visitors alike. Aspen's historical and cultural legacy lives on, right at the outset.
"W Aspen and The Sky Residences at W Aspen are a great example of how the true spirit of a property can be maintained, while elevating the experiences of the next generation of travelers and residents," says John Rowland, of Rowland+Broughton, architects on the project. "The design concept of a modern ski chalet—including long, sloping rooflines—that was prevalent in Aspen when skiing was first introduced, links Aspen's past, present and future."
Interiors within the 88-room hotel and 11 W-branded fractional Residences feature bespoke furnishings, details and accents that speak to both Aspen's heritage and inherent decadence. Well-being of body, mind, and spirit, an ode to Aspen's historical credo, is addressed via a split-level living room-lounge, the 39° lounge (think high-style cocktails and light fare), topped off by the 8,000-square-foot WET Deck's heated pool and hot tub, fire pit and cabanas, and 360-degree town and Aspen Mountain views.READ MORE >
The opening of one of Aspen’s most anticipated hotels in years won’t make it in time for the Food & Wine Classic held June 14 to 16, with the launch now anticipated to be sometime in July.
“Construction is progressing very, very well,” said Greg Durrer, general manager of W Aspen and the Sky Residences at W Aspen, both of which are being built at the base of Aspen Mountain in the space most recently inhabited by Sky Hotel. The physical address is 709 E. Durant Ave.
“We’ll be opening in the early July time frame, but it’s hard to say exactly what day.”
The opening will come after ground was broken May 26, 2017. Washington, D.C.-based Northridge Capital LLC is partnering with Sarpa Development, run by Aspen developer John Sarpa, on the project. Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International owns the W Hotels brand, which debuted in 1998 in New York City. The luxury chain now has worldwide presence with 80 properties, and the Aspen location will mark its first slopeside property in North America.
Durrer said he expects the certificate of occupancy for W Aspen to be issued around the end of May.
W Aspen is considered a boutique hotel. It will have 88 guest rooms along with 11 residences spread over the building’s top floors — the fourth story on the west side, the third story on the east side.
The residences, comprised of six three-bedroom units and five two-bedroom units, come in one-tenth fractionals, ranging in price from approximately $550,000 to the mid $700,000s, according to R.J. Gallagher of Forte Aspen, which is handling marketing and sales for the Sky Residences.
“We have hard contracts on about 35 to 40% of our total inventory,” Gallagher said. “That’s very high.”
The new property will create roughly 140 to 160 full-time jobs, according to Durrer, a Marriott International employee since 1997. Durrer and his family moved to Aspen in August.
“I think that the overall design and architecture is a fantastic fit for the Aspen market,” he said of the hotel’s chalet-style design. The lodge’s interior elements will make a nod to Aspen’s past with inspiration drawn from Bauhaus artist Herbert Beyer as well as the Ute Indians, who had been settled in the Roaring Fork Valley for some 800 years before the mining prospectors arrived in 1879.
“There’s a wonderful historical context that’s woven into the design and architecture,” Sarpa said. “Upon walking in the front you’ll notice a iconic silver nugget suspended over the lobby.”
The hotel replaces the former 90-room Sky Hotel, a popular haunt for the local crowd in large part because of its slope-side, public pool.
The public also will be able to enjoy W Aspen’s rooftop patio bar with a pool and hot tub, fire pits, a dance floor, a cabana and panoramic views of Aspen Mountain, among other features.
“It’s really important to know that these are public spaces, just like it was at the Sky,” Sarpa said. “It’s open to everybody. … We know that it’s extremely important that our local community feels welcome and comfortable, and the people that come from all over the globe will love the fact they’re with the locals.”
New York City-based Fortress Investment Group LLC is providing construction financing, while the general contractor is Haselden Construction of Denver. Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design of Aspen is the architect, while Nemaworkshop of New York City is handling interior design. Bluegreen of Aspen is handling the landscape architecture. Vann Associates of Aspen is the project planner.READ MORE >
The June debut of W Aspen, the former Sky Hotel, got some love from a Forbes contributor who put it among his "most exciting hotels to open in 2019."
"The redeveloped property will feature some contemporary Colorado conceits, including an outdoor 'wet' deck with a pool, jacuzzi and fire pits plus a dance floor with views of Aspen Mountain," the article said. "There will also be an underground speakeasy, a restaurant called 39 Degrees 2, and a full-service ski shop on the premises. The hotel will have 88 guestrooms, including six suites and 11 fractional-ownership residences."READ MORE >
W Aspen: June 2019
Aspen’s former Sky Hotel is turning into a W this summer. The redeveloped property will feature some contemporary Colorado conceits, including an outdoor “Wet” deck with a pool, Jacuzzi and fire pits plus a dance floor with views of Aspen Mountain. There will also be an underground speakeasy, a restaurant called 39 Degrees 2, and a full-service ski shop on the premises. The hotel will have 88 guestrooms including six suites and 11 fractional-ownership residences.READ MORE >
A crew that was demolishing the Sky Hotel last year to make way for the new W Aspen property found some surprises like fake walls and a swimming pool foundation that no one knew existed.
But the most surreal of the crew’s discoveries, and illustrative of the property’s happening past, was a fully made-up hotel room with decor, linens and nightstands that were popular during the “Miami Vice” heyday of the 1980s when the Aspen Club Lodge, the Sky’s predecessor, was an après-ski epicenter. The room was tucked behind a side door to the old 39 Degrees bar’s bathroom.
“The bed was perfectly made up and there was a nightstand next to it. It was a vision of 1980, like you could spend the night there,” said RJ Gallagher, founder and managing partner of Forte Aspen, the firm managing the residential marketing and sales for The Sky Residences at W Aspen.
Gallagher and two associates spoke last week of the property’s progress, and how the developers are undeterred by what a slowdown in the global economy could potentially mean for sales of shares in the 11 fractional units that comprise The Sky Residences.
There will also be 88 hotel rooms available in the W Aspen, the first significant new construction at the base of Aspen Mountain since the last economic downturn. A mid-June 2019 opening date is targeted, according to general manager Greg Durrer.READ MORE >
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."READ MORE >
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.READ MORE >
Press play to see a time lapse of the construction progress of The Sky Residences at W Aspen from 2017 to 2019.
Press play to see the construction progress of The Sky Residences at W Aspen as of spring 2019.
Ski season is wrapping up after an epic winter, and W Aspen is following suit. The exterior enclosure is almost complete, and the interior finishes are close behind.
Exterior envelope The exterior siding is 98 percent complete with only deck finishes to be completed now that all exterior deck concrete has been poured. This allows crews to complete the slat wall trim at the balconies, completing the exterior siding. All soffits are built and finished, and fascia all installed, allowing finish roofing to proceed in earnest. Exterior flower boxes are also being installed, and the vertical railroad rail accent wall will follow on the Spring Street façade.
Interior framing and finishes The first, second, and third floors have been completely framed, dry walled, and painted. The first floor is now closed off as all finishes are complete with millwork being installed and the punch list completed. The second floor is also being completed with millwork installations and the punch list starting in the middle of April. The third floor is painted, and floor finishes, tile, and wood floors are being completed. Millwork in the Residences has begun in earnest. Fourth floor mechanical installations and inspections are complete, and drywall has started on both wings with finishes following closely behind. The Lobby, Living Room, Fitness Area, and 39 Degrees are all in the finish stages of completion. City inspections continue to take place daily on all levels and have gone extremely well with no issues.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All mechanical and plumbing systems continue to follow the interior finishes for rough installations, finish trim out, and signoff by City officials. Trim out is completed on the first floor and is in progress on both the second and third floors with fourth floor trim out following shortly behind. Finish sound and lighting systems in the common areas are also installed, and testing and programming of these systems will begin shortly. Water systems have been flushed, filed, and commissioned, which is an enormous milestone for the project. The main boiler will be fired up in mid-April allowing the start of full commissioning of the HVAC systems in preparation for turnover to Operations.
Roof structure Rooftop topping slabs are all poured. The pool and spas are installed, tiled, tested, and ready for Summer. The rooftop bar trellis structure is also complete with bar equipment and finishes starting within the week. All roof trim is complete, and the focus now is completing the main roof areas standing seam metal roofs. This task will be complete by the end of April. All waterproofing in the rooftop planters is also wrapping up, allowing for plantings to take place in May/early June.
Site work The site work around the entire facility as it pertains to concrete drive lanes, asphalt alley right-of-way’s, and major civil components like drainage, sewer, and water, are 100 percent complete. Final paving of Spring and Durant Streets is also complete. The final areas of sidewalks and exterior planters are now underway along with the final section of the concrete apron. This work will lead directly into soil and landscape installations starting in May when the weather and temperature become more consistent.
Construction should be finished by Memorial Day, allowing the W Aspen team to begin staff training prior to opening this Summer.
Partway through ski season, the progress on the exterior enclosure and interior finishes continues to proceed in earnest for W Aspen.
Exterior envelope The exterior finishes are between 80 percent and 95 percent complete on all elevations, with the exception of Durant Street, which will be the last elevation completed. Storefront windows and glazing have been installed at the entries and second floor Living Room. Stone, stucco, and wood trim are being installed on all elevations, which will then lead to final topping slabs at the decks.
Interior framing and finishes The first, second, and third floors have been completely framed. Drywall is completed on the first, second, and third levels with finish drywall tasks such as taping and sanding ongoing. Fourth floor framing of all corridors and demising walls is complete with interior walls now being built in preparation for rough mechanical installations. Finish paint, tile, mechanical and electrical trim, and carpet are all being installed on the first floor. The general contractor is actively having City inspections take place daily on all levels, allowing the floors to be finalized level-by-level in preparation for furniture and fixture installations.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All mechanical and plumbing systems are following the interior finishes for rough installations and signoff by City officials. Proceeding into the finish spaces, final installations of electrical trim pieces like outlet cover plates and lighting, as well as mechanical trim, will begin in earnest. The main boiler flue has been installed, and all trades are closing up walls and shafts around the flue in preparation for firing up of mechanical systems, which started in late January.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building. The rooftop deck is now 100 percent complete. One-hundred percent of the roof substrate is in place, allowing the installation of standing seam metal roofs and adjacent fascia trim. The rooftop pool and spas were installed in early January, followed by topping slabs, final planter waterproofing, and planter railings, which are all being installed currently.
Site work The site work around the entire facility as it pertains to concrete drive lanes, asphalt alley right-of-way’s, and major civil components like drainage, sewer, and water, are 100 percent complete. Final paving of Spring and Durant Streets is also complete. Work on the sidewalks and exterior planters is now 80 percent complete, and this will continue through the Winter. Final landscape elements, such as any shrubs, trees, perennials, and flowers, will be installed in Spring 2019.
Between 250 and 300 construction personnel are onsite daily, six days a week, working diligently to wrap up the exterior finishes, roof, and interior finishes in preparation for the final inspections, and testing of systems.
As of late Fall and heading into Winter 2018, the progress on the exterior enclosure and interior finishes continues to proceed in earnest for W Aspen.
Exterior envelope The exterior envelope is completely enclosed, with the majority of the exterior finishes, consisting of wood, stone, and stucco, now in place. The exterior finishes are between 70 percent and 90 percent complete on all elevations, with the exception of Durant Street, which will be the last elevation completed. Storefront windows and glazing have been installed at the entries, and their frames have been installed on the second floor Living Room. Work on the roof is also being completed, as it pertains to all waterproofing and planter installations, with the steel hot tubs and pool being craned up to the roof in mid-December.
Interior framing and finishes Framing, drywall, and tile wall and floor finishes in the lower/garage level of the building are ready for final paint in the office and fitness room areas. The first floor has been completely framed, with drywall completed at the end of November. The third floor framing is at 70 percent completion, and fourth floor framing of all corridors and demising walls is complete. Installation of the mechanical system on these levels, along with the roof, is also in process. Drywall will follow, which will then allow for finishing these levels with paint and wall coverings. The general contractor is actively having City inspections take place on all levels, allowing the floors to be finalized level-by-level in preparation for furniture and fixture installations starting in late first quarter, 2019.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All mechanical and plumbing systems are following the interior finishes for rough installations and signoff by City officials. Proceeding into the finish spaces, final installations of electrical trim pieces like outlet cover plates and lighting, as well as mechanical trim, will begin in earnest. The general contractor is also in the process of installing the main boiler flue over the next few weeks in order to fire up all the heating and cooling systems.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building and the roof top decks. All structural steel is complete, and 80 percent of the roof substrate is in place. This allows the general contractor to proceed with final roof materials, such as the standing seam metal roof. The steel hot tub and roof structures will be flown up to the roof via crane in mid‑December.
Interior finishes As of early Fall 2018, the installation of gypsum wall board on both the first and second floors has begun. The basement level is now being completed with the second side of drywall and is being taped and finished in preparation for prime painting.
Site work The site work around the entire facility as it pertains to concrete drive lanes, asphalt alley right-of-way’s, and major civil components like drainage, sewer, and water, are 100 percent complete. Final paving of Spring and Durant Streets is also complete. Work on the sidewalks and exterior planters is now 65 percent complete, and this will continue through the Winter. Final landscape elements, such as any shrubs, trees, perennials, and flowers, will be installed in Spring 2019.
Between 250 and 300 construction personnel are onsite daily, six days a week, working diligently to wrap up the exterior finishes, roof, and interior finishes in preparation for the final inspections, testing of systems, and turnover to the Operations team.
As of Fall 2018, the exterior enclosure and interior finishes for W Aspen have progressed significantly.
Exterior envelope The exterior envelope is continuing in earnest with the majority of the exterior framing now in place, as well as the exterior wall insulation and window installation. The exterior stone façade continuation is following the building envelope around from east to west. This allows for preparation for the exterior wood and stucco finishes, which are the finishes above the stone base. All of these scopes protect the interior finishes from weather damage as construction proceeds.
Interior framing Framing in the lower/garage level of the building has been completed. The first floor has been completely framed, and framing has begun on the second and third floors. Installation of mechanical systems on these levels, along with level four and the roof, are also in process. Framing will follow, and this will then allow for finishing the HVAC and electrical trades. Haselden Construction, the general contractor, is actively having City inspections take place on the lower levels, which allows for starting to close up the lower level walls and finish the drywall partitions.
Mechanical and plumbing systems All major HVAC systems have been placed in the garage, first, and second levels. This HVAC ductwork and electrical work leads to getting sign-offs on rough “MEP’s” (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) as well as to start the finishing phases of these tasks. Moving up to levels three and four for rough “MEP’s” is next.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building and the roof top decks. The majority of these roof elements have now been put in place and are undergoing final connections. With this, people can really begin to see the form and shape of W Aspen. In addition to roof top structure, the project is now 75% waterproofed on the upper roof elements, adding to the ability to “dry in” the structure and proceed unimpeded by weather.
Interior finishes As of early Fall 2018, the installation of “single sided” gypsum wall board on both the first and second floors has begun. The basement level is now being completed with the second side of drywall and is being taped and finished in preparation for prime painting.
Site work The site work around the entire facility has ramped up significantly and consists of utility tie-ins (water, sewer, cable, final waterproofing, final grades, and sidewalks) in all the surrounding streets and alleys. The main focus this month is to get out of Durant and Spring Streets. Next month will be the alleys between the project and the adjacent properties to complete more specific drainage and storm systems specific to the new facility. The perimeter of the site will be extremely busy the next two months. The final landscaping will be installed in Spring 2019, prior to the Food & Wine Classic.
Between 250 and 300 construction personnel continue to be onsite daily, six days a week, working diligently to enclose the building before late Fall 2018. The project continues to be on schedule to meet this deadline.
Construction for W Aspen has accelerated dramatically now that the superstructure has been completed as of the end of June 2018. This has allowed the General Contractor to focus on the following tasks.
Exterior envelope This includes exterior wall framing, window installation, insulation on the first level, and installation of the stone exterior façade, which are critical to achieve “dry in” of the entire structure that will protect interior finishes.
Interior framing This process has begun in earnest, and framing in the lower/garage level of the building has been completed. In addition, the east half of the first floor has been completed, and framing on the second floor began in July. This allows the start of installation of mechanical systems on these levels, before then proceeding into drywall and finishes.
Mechanical and plumbing systems These systems have also begun in earnest with all major HVAC systems placed in the garage level, which houses all the major equipment, such as air handling units, chillers, and backup systems for the entire facility. This levels’ HVAC ductwork is also complete, and the focus is now on rough plumbing and electrical installations. These tasks have started on the first floor, and “hangers,” which suspend the ductwork from the ceiling, have been installed on the second floor and started on the third floor.
Roof structure This scope consists of the structural steel roof elements that will provide the bulk of the roof aesthetic and articulation around the top of the building and the roof top decks. This material has been fabricated, is being delivered daily, and is being “flown” into place via the onsite tower crane.
Interior finishes These consist of all the products and scope you can “touch and feel” once the project is complete. As of July 2018, the installation of “single-sided” gypsum wall board has begun, allowing for early installation and also the ability to complete all the mechanical and electrical systems that live inside the walls, or “partitions,” in a building.
Site work This consists of all the work around the exterior street level of the facility, including bringing the soils up to street level and finishing them with either landscaping, sidewalks, or paving of the adjacent roads and access alleys. As of July 2018, these levels, or “grades,” have been brought up to the street level along Spring Street, Durant Street, and between the project and the adjacent HOAs. Work between the site and the adjacent HOAs will take place during the Fall shoulder season when Public Right of Ways become accessible to the construction crews to install the remaining utility connections like water and sewer. Once those are complete, final completion of the remaining sidewalk and paving will proceed.
There are currently between 250 and 300 construction personnel onsite every day, six days a week, working diligently to enclose the building before late Fall 2018.
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