| November 18, 2015 | Home & Real Estate
After 40 years in the business, architect Bill Poss can’t help but notice: Aspen is always growing!
“Aspen has a more cosmopolitan style” than other mountain towns, says Bill Poss, in part due to his own designs, like this home on Willoughby Way.
Poss Architecture + Planning celebrates 40 years of business in Aspen in 2016. Here, principal and founder Bill Poss discusses his frm’s impact on the changing Aspen landscape, development of the Lift 1A base area, and whether or not Aspen’s rapid rate of growth is good for town.
You’ve been in business 40 years—what’s been the biggest change you’ve seen in development in Aspen in that time?
I think the biggest change has been the growth demand and the rate of growth in town. It used to be everything was on a smaller scale. Now, the growth rate is increasing, and I don’t think that’s necessarily a good thing. Slow growth keeps character in check.
What are your thoughts on Aspen’s current economic and real estate booms?
If you just look around, there are some of the largest buildings and largest products we’ve ever seen. It used to be small one- or two-lot project widths. Now, we’re seeing projects that are six-lot widths. A lot of the projects look like they’re on steroids.
How does Aspen architecture compare to other resort towns?
Aspen is truly unique and has a more cosmopolitan or chic style in comparison to, say, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which has a more mountain feel. Or Vail, which is more European. There is a lot more contemporary architecture here.
How do you see the development around Lift 1A affecting Aspen as a town?
I think it’s good to see a wider base area and a second portal to the mountain. I don’t mind seeing bigger growth there. Right up against the mountain is the appropriate place.
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