A recirculating stream and waterfalls of 3,465,000 cubic inches of water front the home, bordered with lichen-covered boulders and imparting a sense of discovery and wonder.
In the great room, the double-height ceilings and elaborate, swan-necked chandeliers evoke a 17th century aesthetic — with subtle touches of modernism such as floor-to-ceiling electric curtains, speakers embedded in the walls, and hand-etched window fixtures recycled from a high school library in Denver.
The outdoor entertainment possibilities are endless. A stone patio can serve as a stage for a jazz ensemble — with enough room left over for a bar and a dance floor — and the adjacent outdoor dining area comfortable seats 32 around a Donald Judd-designed dining table.
A smaller, cozy family room doesn’t neglect the fine details — including a custom-finished white stone and plaster fireplace with a primeval castle feel.
Curl up with a good book and enjoy the views from the smaller, cozy family room, with lots of light and relaxing atmosphere.
Planned and built by some of the industry’s best design and artistic minds, The Renaissance Home was the only North American project of Uruguayan Horatio Ravazzani, one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 architects and designers, who defies categorization and designed with a rare personal passion. Among his touches — 17-inch concrete walls throughout the home, poured into wood forms complete with knots and imperfections for an altogether unique look and feel.
A private cantilevered deck off the master bedroom with views of Aspen Mountain once again embody the delightful uniqueness of this property.
Serenity and whimsy come together in the master suite, accessed via a Moroccan-tiled circular staircase and bridge over the gallery. The spacious bedroom with its centerpiece white-draped tester bed and chandelier evokes the ambiance of a chateau.
The colorful Moroccan tile extends to the master bath spa, whose highlights include dueling marble tubs and a Dutch settee.
Bisecting the greenhouse — which also serves to separate the family quarters from the guest wing — a 245-foot long “interior street” offers a journey in time and aesthetic splendor in addition to the physical passage.
The art of living extends to the outdoors — a breathtaking hilltop setting spread over a 15 acre forest of 77 evergreens and 319 aspen trees.
Inspiring yet functional, the living areas are a testament to the grand visions and harmonious sensibilities of interior designer Steven Sills, who was named to Architectural Digest’s Top 100 list in 2014.
Lined with tapestries and other antiques and dotted with sitting areas for conversation or contemplation, the gallery is bookended by a massive three-story window that bathes the corridor in light and a stately secondary entryway graced by an ancient Roman urn.
Every room a work of art, with its own incredible story.
Literally a work of art, the dining room is the home’s aesthetic centerpiece. Designed by renowned French furniture artist André Dubreuil, there is nothing ordinary about this room. Each of the four walls represents a season, and from the ceiling hangs Dubreuil’s whimsical metalwork art. But unlike a grand banquet hall, the dining arrangement is intimate and designed for ease of conversation between all — two square tables touching only at one corner minimize the distance one’s voice has to carry.
Famous for connecting his buildings to the landscape and his design to the art of living, Ravazzani placed at the center of the home a 3,250-square-foot all-glass pyramid that, with its lush vegetation, inset ponds, and automated windows (which open and close at certain temperatures) naturally brings in the outdoors. The greenhouse is as ideally suited for quietly reading a book as it is for holding a wedding — and everything in between.
Complemented by outdoor access to patios, that feeling of warmth extends to the guest suites, with their rich décor and deep, fast-filling bathtubs.
Every area of the home boasts views of mountains, wildlife and incredible scenery.
Along an extensive stone path around the property, there’s more to discover: the meditation center, an aspen tree-ringed clearing with wood-hewn benches and spiritual aura.
A high point dubbed Lonesome Pine that offers solitude or the potential for romance.