During the 1950s and ’60s, a number of modernist architects and designers including Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, and Charles and Ray Eames were commissioned to build model homes that were inexpensive and efficient as part of an architectural experiment. The resulting rectilinear homes, which were mostly located in California, came to be known as the Case Study Houses. The contemporary Scholl Residence designed by Studio B Architects in Aspen, Colorado, further expands on the notions of low cost and efficient living found in Case Study homes but applies it to a modern day setting.
Built amid mountains, the two-story box-shaped house had to be constructed on limited space and the hilly terrain posed challenges with drainage. Essential details and self-sufficient innovations were succinctly incorporated into the compact structure. Materials such as zinc panels, sandblasted concrete, aluminum windows, and tempered glass railings are used on the exterior while polished wood and marble floors are employed throughout the interior.
The homeowner is an art collector who wanted a spacious house that would accommodate and serve as a showcase for his collection. Thus a neutral palette dominates the furnishings and décor. Barcelona chairs are fitted with white cushions, clean-lined sofas are upholstered in soft gray, and tables are topped with glass.
Large-scale abstract art and photographs along with colorful pillows and accessories serve as graphic accents, providing punches of color throughout the house.