Firm Credit: Fritzlen Pierce Architect & Epstein Architecture
The Landmark Resort, located in the heart of Lionshead Village in Vail Colorado, is truly an area landmark. The multi-use condominium complex needed a renovation in 2008, when owners decided to leverage their unused development rights to finance an overbuild and major renovation. The utilitarian façade was transformed to comply with adopted community design guidelines and project a resort aesthetic. The amenity areas were expanded and improved to better meet resort standards.
The building program included 16 new condominium units, a new building envelope, new parking garage, renovated amenity spaces and integration of two existing buildings into one. A central elevator and stair core connects the two wings and is crowned with a hip roof. Expanded retail on the mall side of the building incorporated a unique glass and stone storefront design. A variety of materials and planar surfaces was used on the exterior façade to create interest.
Often developers see little or no value in an underbuilt building. In the case of Landmark, adaptive re-use of the existing structures minimized demolition and disposal. The overbuild offered the opportunity to build a new building envelope that minimized heat loss. The renovation also included new energy conserving MEP equipment.