The brief of the Commons Building was to create an iconic building that was different than the typical “Colorado Mountain” aesthetic. The Commons Building is located at the end of the drive, creating anticipation as you progress past rusty Corten tiny cabins and black modern cabins. We designed the exterior of the Commons Building to be simple in form but juxtapose raw, natural materials (gabion rock walls) with sleek, modern tinted glass (colored to resemble the surrounding red rocks of the Salida landscape). A clean plaster stair interjects cylindrical form into the sharp angled glass room protruding past the gabion wall. The sculptural stair connects the spas and event space above with the coffee area and catering kitchen below.

At ground level, we designed a simple rock garden with low water succulents and native plants. The glass enclosure on the upper level provides 360-degree views of the surrounding 14,000 ft. mountains, red soil, and “high desert” valleys.

the interiors

The entry to the 2-story units starts on the main level adjacent to the carports. A humble, moody stairwell provides a compression and anticipation as you traverse upstairs to the open, light-filled space.

Inspired by the high west and "glamping" experience, we designed a custom headboard with waxed canvas shades that roll down on each side--providing privacy, light control, and the tactile focal point for the room. We brought in the abstract horseshoe detail throughout: in leather-lined magazine holders, closet racks, and millwork details.

The high gable ceilings provide room for a lofted bed. The opposite end houses an L-shaped built-in and dining table and kitchenette with cream-colored Smeg refrigerator and raw plywood cabinetry.

Each unit has its own patio, perched below a slatted timber shade structure that creates light play throughout the day as the beautiful Salida sun sets over the surrounding mountains.

the site

A blank site, with only the original neon sign remaining to provide design cues, we developed a new construction site / building plan for the modern-day traveler.

Behind a rusty metal-clad gate and concrete board-formed wall reveal 3 triplex units, 3 tiny cabin duplexed units, 1 larger duplex unit, and a commons building. Warm hardscape, succulent gardens, and native landscape weave through the property. Connecting the units and covered under the triplex patios are raised board walks, reminiscent of the old west, saloon-style platforms.

Rusty metal, black facades, tinted rusty-glass, and gabion walls are pulled from the red earth of the surrounding Salida landscape. 2-story buildings perch above the adjacent properties, clearing the sight lines for the 360-degree mountain views.


site design, interior + exterior design : state.
renderings : notion workshop
brand : kait gupta, pursuit studio
location : salida, colorado