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Design In Bloom 2017

Spring is a season that brings new growth. Warmer temperatures rouse trees, grasses and flowers from their chilly winter slumber and rich, natural colors begin to emerge, thawing winter’s frost. In Denver, though, it is more than the vegetation that’s in bloom...

Spring Design Inspiration

As spring awakens the flowers, trees and grasses, the beautiful multitude of rich colors fills our eyes with beauty. Fill your home with these same beautiful greens, blues and purples...

A Treehouse Home Renovation

Our clients were in need of a renovation in their existing treehouse home’s living area and kitchen. The existing space was dark and closed off, making the overall flow in the house less than ideal. The Vertical Arts team opened up the wall between the...

A Family-Friendly Remodel in Littleton

Our clients purchased an existing home in Littleton, CO that needed a major facelift. The remnants of the 50’s era home included closed in living spaces, small rooms and a major lack of lighting. Adding to the challenge was the need to provide bedrooms and...

Black Is The New Stainless

Stainless steel has been a long time staple in interior design for the last few decades. Recently, however, its darker cousin is making steam in the design industry. Here are some ways to use it in your new home or remodel...

411 On Designing A Sculptural Stair

Stairs continue to be an important design item in any home. With the availability of images online and in magazines, it’s hard to determine exactly what type of stair you want. There are some important factors to consider when designing a stair, and it is...

6 Modern Elements to Incorporate in Your Mountain Home

It is often difficult to find the balance between rustic cabin and modern design. Below are some of our favorite contemporary furnishings from the Vertical Arts/Stel showroom to help elevate your mountain home....

On the Boards: Sidney Peak Ranch

The Vertical Arts team is working on building a new home near Steamboat Springs. Just south of town, the site consists of a gently sloping meadow with 360 degree views of the Ski Area, downtown Steamboat, Emerald Mountain and South Valley....

Stars at Night Gala

Vertical Arts is excited to be a Presenting Support Partner for Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Foundations’ (SSWSC) fundraising gala “Stars at Night,” at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30, 2016, in the Korbell Ballroom at The Steamboat Grand....

Bringing You To Your Senses This Holiday Season

Use colors that focus on features we see from the natural world. Imagine sitting in your warm, cozy home looking out onto the mountains of white snow trails, grey and blue skies, and deep green pine trees that hold dark brown pine cones. ...

Deer Park — The Perfect Balance of Lifestyle and Performance

Vertical Arts is excited to announce the completion Steamboat’s newest and largest office building — the 30,000-square-foot, four-story Deer Park Office Building, just moments away from the base of the gondola in Steamboat Springs....

Breaking Ground on Fairways at Pole Creek

Nestled among the pines in the Fairways at Pole Creek golfing community near Winter Park Colorado, this modern mountain home holds grandiose views of Winter Park ski area and the Continental Divide mountain range beyond....

Strings Music Festival

Vertical Arts Sponsors Strings Music Festival

Right around the corner from our Steamboat office is the renowned Strings Music Pavilion! Vertical Arts is excited to be a sponsor for Strings Music Festival for the third consecutive year. The festival has provided the finest music performances — classical music, jazz, rock, country,...

Turning A Unique Dream Into A Reality

Vertical Arts Architecture recently began a remodel project for a longtime collaborator and recent client, Josh Mabe of Twenty1Five. Twenty1Five creates sustainable designs from reclaimed wood and we have worked with Josh on creating some custom pieces for us in the past. ...

Golden Triangle Halloween Fall Crawl

Vertical Arts Architecture and the rest of the Golden Triangle Business Network have joined forces to kick off Halloween festivities a little bit early this year, with a Halloween Fall Crawl....

More than Meets the Eye

When Vertical Arts Architecture recently moved from the RiNo neighborhood to our new office space in the Golden Triangle neighborhood at 1150 Speer Blvd., we aimed to somehow differentiate ourselves from other local design firms. But how? It turns out that all we needed was...

Steamboat Wine Festival Recap

Vertical Arts and Stel House + Home furnished the Mountain Living tent at the Steamboat Wine Festival grand tasting, which took place at the base of the ski area. ...

Pondless Water Features

Recently there has been a trend on some of mountain residential landscape projects to design pondless water features. The goal of these designs are to create attractive sculptural water features that still look great when the water is turned off and the snow starts to...

Kimble Residence in Steamboat Springs, CO is a Dream Come True

Vertical Arts has begun a truly special project in Steamboat Springs, CO working with a client who purchased land just outside of town in the hopes of building their dream mountain estate. The property sits on top of a hill, offering 360-degree views....

Imagination Begins With Curiosity

Last month, we had the opportunity to participate in a contest sponsored by Houzz, a creative forum for architects around the world. The theme was “adventure”, and the goal was to create a play house (or PlayHouzz) that inspired a sense of adventure in all...

Vertical Arts’ Feature in Steamboat Magazine

Vertical Arts has been featured in the fourth annual Architecture and Design issue of Steamboat Magazine Spring 2016; this edition inspires with architectural innovations, ideas and information. Our project manager, Sarah Tiedeken, was thrilled to provide Steamboat Magazine readers with some tips and tricks to...

Product Spotlight: Milk Paint

We first heard about Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint on HGTV and we’ve been hooked ever since. It is not new, in fact, it is one of the oldest forms of paint found in the pyramids and cave paintings. ...

Vertical Arts Architecture Awarded Best of Houzz 2016

Our firm recently won “Best Of Design and Best of Customer Service” on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. VAA was chosen by over 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home...

Celebrating 11 Years in Business

Coming off the heels of our 10 year anniversary, we’d like to take the time to reflect on how much our firm has grown and evolved. Vertical Arts’ continual growth is helping shape our future. With our recent expansion into the Vail Valley, we hope to...

Sneak Peek: Vertical Arts Project

Take a look at one of our recently completed projects near Strawberry Park Hot Springs! This is a custom timber framed home that has a great mix of reclaimed and industrial materials. The home is simplistic in design with two main roof pitches that are complemented by...

Boulder Ridge

The Boulder Ridge home is well under construction in Steamboat Springs. The house is a mountain modern style with some very unique and contemporary details. Follow in suit if you want to achieve a home that is modern and refined. Ditch the trim — The entire...

Tazi Ranch

Perched on a picturesque knoll in Larkspur, Colorado is the primary residence on the Tazi Ranch property. Since we started this project in 2011, the owners and our design team have given attention to every detail, and it shows. One of the unique aspects of...

Vertical Arts Expands Its Regional Footprint

Vertical Arts is pleased to announce the opening of our new office in Eagle County. We currently operate in Steamboat Springs and Denver, and opening the Vail office will help us to better service our clients. I’ve built this business around our town’s natural beauty,...

This Winter, Warm Up Your Home With Winter Decor Part 2

The weather outside is turning frightful. Below are more tips to warm up your home this winter to keep it as inviting as ever. When the months are warm, you can use bamboo or linen shades and breezy curtains for your window treatments. However, when the...

Grand Lake Bunk Bed Room Featured on Houzz

The bunk bed room from our recently completed Grand Lake project was included in a recent Houzz article: “How to Give Neutral Paint Colors a Subtle Jolt.” The article highlights how to add small to moderate splashes of bold color to a neutral palette. The pale...

Employee Spotlight- Brian Patty, Denver Lead Architect

Brian Patty serves as our Lead Architect at the Denver office and joined the Vertical Arts team in 2014. Brian brings to the team a vast background of designing many types and sizes of buildings and has worked in array of different climates ranging from...

This Winter, Warm Up Your Home With Winter Decor Part 1

The weather outside is turning frightful. Make sure to warm up your home this winter to keep it as inviting as ever. In your family room, turn the focus to the fireplace. This will be a gathering place for everyone and the heart of the home...

Employee Spotlight—Mitch Rewold, Landscape Architect

Joining the Vertical Arts team in 2007, Mitch Rewold serves as our Landscape Architect. He has helped establish and grow our Landscape Architectural and Land Planning divisions to help Vertical Arts become recognized as a top firm for landscape work. Mitch’s multidisciplinary approach to land...

Employee Spotlight— Brandt Vanderbosch, Founder & CEO

Employee Spotlight— Brandt Vanderbosch, Founder & CEO Vertical Arts Architecture has gained a national reputation for creativity in architecture, landscape and interior design. We’ve also been recognized as a top-performing business, thanks to the culture of excellence that Brandt Vanderbosch established when he set out...

Vertical Arts Wins National Award for Business Best Practices

It is very humbling to be recognized in this year’s “Circle of Excellence Awards,” for our success in running one of the nation’s top-performing firms with state-of-the-art business best practices. In the past, the firm has been recognized often for our design work in architecture,...

Product Focus: Cor-ten Weathering Steel

Designing for harsh climates, like the Colorado Rockies means giving special attention to the materials used. As architects and designers, we refuse to sacrifice inspired design or top-notch functionality in any custom home or business. A product meeting both those demands is weathering steel or Cor-ten as...

Beautiful Places to Design: Grand Lake, Colorado

With our offices based in Colorado, and doing work all over the West, we are blessed to provide custom home design for great clients in many beautiful places. Recently construction has been finishing up on a major remodeling project in Grand Lake, Colorado. Grand Lake provides...

Whatcha Doin? We've Been Growing – New Denver Crew

We've Been Expanding - New Team Members: Denver With the growth of projects and locations, a new group of talented designers has joined the team. At Vertical Arts, we believe a skilled, diverse and positive team provides the best service to our clients. 4 new team...

Whatcha Doin? A New City Office!

We've Been Expanding - A New Office in Denver In mid-November, we opened a second office in Denver! The location is amazing and inspiring, a credit to the work of Zeppelin Development Group, who have reshaped the old Taxi Depot and surrounding area in Northeast Denver. Our...

Whatcha Doin? Designing Like Crazy!

It's been a little too quiet on the blog recently, and it begs (Get it? begs - like a dog) the simple question, "Whatcha Doin?" Well, we're pumped to let you know! We've Been Designing like Crazy. The last few months have been filled with new projects both...

A Pair of Reclaimed Chairs in the "Deconstructed" Look

Those who are familiar with our new retail space Stēl House + Home know we've been blending in our fair share of reclaimed or repurposed pieces! Our Interior Designer Kristin Rieke’s latest project was a pair of arm chairs! The chairs were salvaged in Colorado, stripped...

Equestrian Design Delight

With our design team working hard on many custom home designs, we wanted to take a moment and focus on equestrian design. Recently, we are seeing many clients wanting to add a place for their horses to live and play. And some love horses so much,...

Designing with Color – Yellow

Lately design trends have been increasingly daring, inviting in more and more color. In small doses and the right applications color usage can make a space come alive! Our focus this post is on the spectacular hue yellow! Vertical Arts' Interior Designer Kristin has chosen a...

Inspired by the Colorado Camping Spirit

With the summer season nearing an end here, there are only a few weekends left of hiking, biking, camping, and the many other fun activities Colorado has to offer! One of our interior designer’s favorites is camping! In the images above Kristin has put together...

"Make Every Day an Adventure" Designing for a Local Small Business

"Make every day an adventure!" That's the motto of one of our newest architecture and interior design clients: Outdoor K9. This freshly opened boutique dog supply store provides an exceptional customer experience and full range of the best products for your dog. Our Architectural Designer Nick...

Vertical Arts Creates Custom Bench for Pro Cycling Challenge!

When Vertical Arts designer Melissa Trueblood answered the call from The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation, she was stunned. "For them to choose one of my pieces to commemorate the Pro Cycling Challenge was an honor." So she and the team at Vertical Arts set...

VA-Designed Home Featured in 2013 Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour

The Steamboat Strings Music Festival presents The Strings Kitchen and Garden Tour this Saturday from 9:30-3:30PM. Participants tour some of the best homes in town, while musicians play live at the various homes. And this year, Vertical Arts is privileged to have a home designed by...

Interior Designer Kristin Rieke Featured in Homelink Magazine Article

It's always nice to have your work recognized by local and national publications! Recently, the efforts of Interior Designer Kristin Rieke were highlighted in Homelink Magazine. The article focused on Kristin's love for reclaimed and repurposed items, and the presence of those items in our Stel...

Spring has Sprung..and a Grand Lake Home Remodel Too!

Spring has sprung! With the nicer weather, our remodel in Grand Lake is progressing nicely. Framing is up, roof is in progress, and it’s starting to turn into a beauty! Check out the images above and check back in to see ongoing progress. For all...

Spring Showers Bring Water Catchment Powers

The deluge of spring rain and weather is hitting most of the country now. This rain provides a vital resource that most buildings have no way of harvesting. Rainwater catchment systems are a great way to not only reduce your impact on the...

Downtown Bench Project

Our team became aware of MainStreet Steamboat’s “Downtown Bench Project” last month. The committee wanted new eye-catching pieces of functional art to draw individuals down to the river front of Yampa Street. The proposal called for all qualified artists, artisans, architects, interior designers, and craftspeople to design a...

Transition to Spring

To keep your furniture and home accents fresh many transition certain pieces per each season. Having just come from winter most still have the thick warm blankets, textures and deeper colors in their homes. But by replacing just a few items you can dramatically change...

We've Been Shopping! Highlights from Denver trip

Having just come back from a trip to Denver, our Interior Designer Kristin spotted plenty of great new products hitting the showroom floors for 2013. One prevalent trend was the use of steel and metal through-out finishes for tables (coffee, console, side and accent) as...

Best of the Boat

This year Vertical Arts Architecture has finally made it into the ranks in the local Steamboat “Best of the Boat” poll. This is a city-wide poll where locals and visitors vote on their favorite services in Steamboat. The list includes everything from Best Burrito, Best...

Yellow Deli

The Yellow Deli is a unique eatery in Boulder, Colorado, a product of a collaboration between Vertical Arts and the client, Commonwealth Construction. Vertical Arts has previously worked with Commonwealth Construction during the building of the Stonebridge Residence in Steamboat Springs and the relationship proved...

Sustainability Corner: Daylighting

Natural light not only gives depth and brightness to a space, but will also cut down on your energy bills! Through careful design windows and skylights can fully illuminate a space during daytime hours. Windows need to be placed strategically in order to maximize light...

Indoor Swings

Who says you have to be outside to enjoy a swing? These “indoor” applications have taken the playful activity of swinging and incorporated it into their home interiors. Maybe there is a view from your office window that overlooks a gorgeous scene. Have you ever...

Designing the Home's Entrance

The geographic location of your home plays a large part in how the entrance should be conceptualized. Mountain homes are built by those who enjoy seasonal changes, rugged geography, and Mother Nature's solitude. As such, the entrance should find a way to integrate those elements,...

Antlers

Ever thought about putting antlers on the wall? And no, you don’t have to be a hunter to display them. Many people are adding quite the punch to their spaces with antlers, and here are a few ideas. Pair monochromatic dipped antler with a modern...

Defining Spaces under Stairs

Whether you would like a custom wine cooler, more storage, a fireplace or just a nice reading bench, pay a visit to your staircase! Check out the creative uses of the featured projects below for ideas. By taking an ordinary staircase and transforming the underneath...

Garage Doors Indoors

Ever wished a whole wall of your home could open to the outside? Garage doors can be a great way to connect the interior to the exterior inexpensively. They can add an industrial feel, or, with the use of appropriate paint colors, nicer hardware, and...

Equestrian Master Planning: Part Two

In our last post, we looked at 3 key site conditions to be aware of when land planning ranch and equestrian facilities. Here are 5 more: WATER – Existing water sources and seasonal water flows should be identified and tested for use on the property...

Equestrian Master Planning: Part One

Over the years Vertical Arts has had the opportunity to master plan and design equestrian and ranch facilities for clients around Colorado. Designing a ranch or an equestrian property takes special planning for both the human and animal client. After a detailed site inventory...

Towards a Better Basement

Tired of that dark, dingy, boring basement you avoid! There’s help! With some smart remodel tips your basement can go from being a place you avoid to one of your favorite spaces in your home. Even if your basement is hindered by low ceilings there...

In honor of Ice: A closer look at the Ice Hotel in Sweden

If you haven’t heard, Steamboat is now home to one of two Ice Castles of its kind in the US! The towering structure is over sprawling in Ski Time Square and ready to be explored! In honor of its debut year, we are dedicating a...

Reclaimed Barn Wood

Reclaimed wood has taken stride all over the architecture scene these days. Its variation in color and texture make it the perfect material to add life to your project. By combining it with modern elements like concrete and steel, the wood will fit in perfectly...

Design Trend- Rope

Imagine what you can do with industrial materials found in your local hardware store! Everyday supplies such as rope can turn a space into quite a design wonder. It can be seen in modern interior applications, used to create inventive product, and others use its...

Mountain Modern Bunk Rooms

Bunk rooms began as a way to sleep many people in a small space. But with modern day design capabilities, bunk rooms often become the best hang out in the house! We chose a grouping of our favorite designs that definitely prove bunk rooms don’t...

Reclaimed Accent Walls

It’s called scrap, salvage, barn wood, or reclaimed. But by any name, we think reclaimed wood is awesome! There’s something visually stimulating that happens when you combine multiple colors, species and ages of wood on a wall. Enjoy a few of our favorite applications of...

Interiors Gallery Wall

Art is something that most people enjoy purchasing. But when it comes to hanging art, many get nervous about choosing the right location and how to hang it properly. The below applications feature a variety of methods. Some use an accent wall to feature their...

Planning for a Winter Landscaping

Planting your garden or landscaping in the spring or summer is tricky enough without worrying about what it is going to look like as the seasons start to change. When designing your landscape try and plan ahead with your plant selections to add interest, color...

Green Design Trends for 2013

In a field like green design, keeping up with the latest trends can be difficult. Thankfully there are some industry leaders that have their finger on the pulse of this ever-developing field. Here are some of the hottest eco-friendly design trends for the new year....

Sustainability Corner: Passive Heating through Thermal Mass

During these cold winter months it’s easy to feel the strain on the electric bill trying to heat a leaky house. One effective way of helping ease these heating costs is to use the benefit of thermal mass. Thermal mass is considered any building material...

Artist Spotlight: Dianna Fritzler

Fine art is a huge part of our culture in Steamboat Springs. At Vertical Arts, we enjoy showcasing many outstanding pieces of art in our retail showroom and gallery. Yep, that’s right. Our architecture firm has an art gallery for clients to experience and select...

Interior Design Trend: Copper

Metallic and polished materials normally refer to gold or silver, but there is a new metal that is drawing a lot of attention! Copper is now being utilized for a range of products and applications in the interior design market. Below are a few of...

3 Inspiring Snow Resorts From Around The World

With the recent snow fall in Steamboat, we have all been getting cozy, relaxing, and taking in the beauty of winter in the valley. What’s better than a hot cup of coffee, a warm fire, and a panoramic view into a wintery wonderland? ...

Holiday Decor for the Home

Pulling in the details that personalize your holiday home décor are the accents that polish up your look! This year’s findings are a bit more modern and some even monochromatic, but all still equally evoke the spirit of the season. To inquire about any product...

A Tasteful Gingerbread House by Vertical Arts

When Elsie de Wolfe wrote The House in Good Taste, she was not actually thinking about a house you could eat. But the grande damme would have appreciated the creativity that our team showed in their gingerbread house project. Vertical Arts interior designer Kristin...

Connect with Vertical Arts on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter!

Are you one of the many that jumps onto a social media nearly every free minute that you have, whether it's business or personal? If you are then we suggest you to connect with us, because we too are on the socials networking train! There...

Our Five Favorites: Fall Post Round-Up

Take a peek at our top five favorite fall posts. The arrival of the holiday season means the passing of the fall season. We have covered a wide variety of fun and interesting topics this past season and loved every one of them. In...

Demand for Design Services Shows Improvement

We are always thrilled to learn about the improvement of the architecture and design industry. That's why we were so excited to hear that the October architecture billings index rose 1.2 points, hitting a reading of 52.8. This is wonderful news for the architecture industry...

Glowing Architecture Captures Our Attention

There is something special about spaces that are designed in a way to exude a warm, comfortable exterior. Glowing architecture has caught our attention for this exact reason. These spaces remind us of lanterns that light up dark nights. If you have been considering a...

Focusing on the Fireplace

The fireplace is a wonderful spot for gathering around during the colder months to enjoy the company of family and friends. A well-designed fireplace can make all the difference in your Steamboat Springs home. If you have been considering different design options for your home...

Staircases that Steal the Spotlight

The staircase in your Steamboat Springs home doesn't just have to be a simple passageway to take you from one end of your home to the other. You can create a wonderful and modern style in your home through the design of your staircase. In...

Table Settings Sure to Impress

The holiday season is upon us and with Thanksgiving soon approaching, we’ve looked to some of our favorite designs, accessories, art and shop owners to create a couple table-setting and home décor ideas to compliment your home or event this year. Mountain Chic: Everyone loves the sparkle...

Shining Light on a New/Old Age of Fixtures

Since we enjoy the aspect of repurposing materials, especially those with an industrial feel to them, we chose to feature a light grouping that do just that! Textures seen throughout are raw elements (steel, exposed wiring, chains, pipe & gears) utilized in the construction &...

Vertical Arts Introduces Interior Designer Kristin Rieke

Vertical Arts is very excited to introduce our new interior designer, Kristin Rieke! We are so excited to have Kristin join our team and can't wait to begin working with her. In an effort to help you get to know Kristin a little bit better,...

Upcoming: Paddle Battle 2- Singles Showdown

We had such a wonderful time with the first Paddle Battle that we decided to have a second one. Paddle Battle 2: Singles Showdown will be here before we know it and we can hardly contain our excitement. If you didn't get a chance to...

Discovery Learning Center Kids Visit Vertical Arts

Vertical Arts was recently paid a visit from a very special bunch visitors. The kids from Discovery Learning Center dropped by the Vertical Arts offices on Tuesday, October 23rd for a day of fun and learning. The field trip was part of the study "Community...

Student Housing Building Draws on Baskets for Inspiration

We love the idea of taking everyday items and turning them into wonderful projects, which is why we enjoyed learning about the new student housing building in Paris. If you have been thinking about starting on your architecture needs in Steamboat Springs, take a look...

Step-Up Sustainability with Salvaged Materials

Sustainable architecture has been catching the attention of the public for quite some time now and we can see why. Architecture that focuses on sustainability is not only a fantastic way to give back to the environment, but can also help you save on certain...

Interest in the Infinity Tower Increases

It is evident that we have a passion for architecture at Vertical Arts, which is why we like to share some projects that we find inspiring, both here and around the world.  The Infinity Tower in Sao Paulo, Brazil was recently completed and sets a...

Vertical Arts Employee Rides in 24 Hours of Moab

We love discussing Vertical Arts employees and their amazing accomplishments, such as Travis Mathey and his attendance in the 24 Hours of Moab mountain bike race. In case you missed this event, we are highlighting all of the details so you can get a better idea...

Spotlight On: Equestrian-Inspired Design

As we are currently making progress on a ranch property, we thought we would highlight some details of equestrian-inspired design. We love this design style for a number of reasons, including its classic and timeless appeal. We have put together a few equestrian-inspired design ideas...

Marble Looks Magnificent in the Kitchen

The kitchen in your Steamboat Springs home should be a balance mixed of style and function in order to give you a place that is efficient but also looks wonderful. Using marble is an excellent way to create a kitchen that is truly your own....

Mexico City Skyscraper Aims to Bond Residents and Environment Together

A new skyscraper has been proposed for Mexico City that has a slightly different goal than most, which is to join residents and the surrounding environment together in harmony. Known as Barrio Capital, this new project is taking steps to create a solution for some...

Create Character with Copper

We love copper for interiors as well as exteriors for a variety of reasons. Not only does copper give a space an instant touch of elegance, it can also be used in a number of ways. If you are designing a project in Steamboat Springs,...

New Museum in Norway Reflects Surrounding Environment

A new museum in Norway is drawing a lot of attention and we can see why. The Sogn & Fjordane Kunstmuseum is a new museum that has been designed to reflect the surrounding environment of the town in which it is located. We are very...

Integrating Nature into the Home

Keeping nature in mind when designing a home in Steamboat Springs is a fantastic way to create a natural and organic look while also adding environmentally friendly elements to the mix. In an effort to help spark some inspiration for bringing nature into your next...

Creative Sky Condos Could Create Interest in Peru

New condominiums have been proposed for the city of Lima in Peru and are already looking very interesting. The Sky Condos project does not look like your average apartment building. This building is already pushing the limits and we are excited to see where this...

Creating Phenomenal Passageways

The route in which you get from one room in the home to another does not have to be a simple design. Passageways are a great feature in the home that can be intricately designed to create appeal and dimension while also maintaining a functional...

One World Trade Center Continues to Develop

Two years away from it's expected completion date, One World Trade Center continues to progress. This spectacular project has been through several redesigns since the first plan came out in 2003. However, now this building is finally coming together and we are loving what it...

New Museum in China Makes a Splash

A new museum in Dalian, China is making headlines and we can see why. The Dalian Planning Museum is a beautiful project that is part of the city's goal to shine the spotlight on local landmark architecture. If you have been in need for some...

Making the Exterior Entryway More Modern

A modern entryway to your Steamboat Springs home is just the element to tie the entire house together. We understand that many different factors come into play when it comes to designing a modern exterior entryway. That is exactly why we have gathered a couple...

Innovative Skyscraper Designed for Venice Skyline

A brand new skyscraper has been designed for the city of Venice and is already projected to be taller than the bell tower of St. Mark’s Basilica. We love hearing about new projects in the works, especially ones that are so innovative and original like...

How to Design a Dreamy Kitchen

The kitchen is a place where the entire family comes together to enjoy each other's company. The idea of the kitchen being just a place for food-related tasks is quickly fading away as the space is becoming a focal point for the entire home. In...

New Bus Shelters in Steamboat Springs Receive Award

The new bus shelters in downtown Steamboat Springs, which were designed by Vertical Arts, recently received an award to honor them as the winners of Downtown Colorado Inc.'s Best Public Space Project. This is outstanding news and we couldn't wait to share all the details...

New Details Surface Regarding the London 2012 Olympic Park

While the 2012 Olympic Games will soon be coming to a close, plans to honor this event are just beginning. A park to commemorate the 2012 Olympic Games in London is in the planning process and will be renamed  Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This park plans...

New Skyscraper Rises from Rubbish

Most people don't think twice about trash or even the idea of using it to construct a brand-new building. However, this is the approach that is being taken for a new skyscraper that has been designed for the city of São Paulo in Brazil. This...

Modern Contemporary Design: Defining the Styles

Interchanging the words "modern" and "contemporary" can be quite easy when it comes to discussing architecture and design. While it may seem as though these words mean the same thing, modern design and contemporary design are actually somewhat different from one another. In order to...

Spotlight On: The Francis Gregory Library

A new library in the Washington D.C. area is catching a lot of attention and we can see why. The Francis Gregory Library is a new project that has caught our eye. This unique structure uses various materials and an original design to create a...

Vertical Arts Featured as the LuxeSource Portfolio Spotlight

We love when we hear about Vertical Arts being in the spotlight for architecture and design. That's why we were thrilled to hear about Vertical Arts being featured as the LuxeSource Portfolio Spotlight! This is great news for us and we couldn't wait to share...

Spotlight On: The Architecture of the Olympics

The Olympic Games are known for being the premiere event for all things athleticism and strength. However, there is another side to the Olympics that we absolutely love. The architecture involved in the Olympic Games is an element we love to explore. We have compiled...

Tips for Working with an Architect

Whether you are designing a brand new home or remodeling a certain area of your home, working with an architect is an excellent way to ensure you are getting the results you want. In order to help you get started on your next project, we...

New Apartment Building in France is Out of the Box

A new apartment complex in northwest France is becoming quite popular for many reasons, one of which is its innovative and original style. Protruding like an open set of drawers, this building puts a unique spin on the typical apartment complex building. This building...

A Peek Inside the Vertical Arts Portfolio

It's no secret we often discuss the most recent happenings and trends going on in the architecture field. However, we understand that sometimes you might just want to get a better look at what we're currently working on. In order for you to get a...

Proposed Medical Building at Columbia University Acts the Part

The newly proposed building for Columbia University's Medical Center could do more than simply house the medical education center. This skyscraper looks as though part of the skin has been peeled away, exposing a sort of skeleton frame. This unique and contemporary approach to the...

Getting Creative with Exterior Materials

Creating a contemporary home can be done with various techniques, one of which is mixing different materials for the exterior. Using multiple different materials for the exterior of your home is a wonderful way to create originality, interest and dimension. Take a peek at some...

Bank of America Tower Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

The Bank of America Tower in midtown New York City recently achieved LEED Platinum certification, making it the first commercial high-rise to do so. We love seeing a beautiful skyscraper taking steps to create a more sustainable and environmentally friendly design. According to ArchDaily,...

Reasons Not to Pass Up On the Kitchen Pass-Through

The kitchen pass-through is an architectural detail that can do wonders for the home. While you may have overlooked the kitchen pass-through as an option for your home, we have uncovered a few reasons why we are loving the kitchen pass-through. Take a look: Add functional...

World's Tallest Building to Be Built in 90 Days

A new skyscraper is in the works that will soon be the world's tallest building. While the current tallest building in the world took five years to complete, the new skyscraper is aiming to be complete in just 90 days. Sky City One is also...

Details Emerge for Expected Skyscraper in New York

Recent details have emerged regarding a skyscraper that is expected to pierce the New York City skyline sometime in the near future. If all goes according to plan, this new skyscraper will be the tallest residential building in New York City. The site of the...

The Art of Symmetry in Architecture

Symmetry is a very important element when it comes to architecture. Using symmetry in architecture is great for creating balance, interest and dimension. You can keep the design from being too plain by mixing in small details in order to create a touch difference. Take...

1st Annual Paddle Battle Wrap-Up

We had an absolutely wonderful time at the first ever Paddle Battle! In addition to an amazing day of ping pong, we were also able to raise over $500 dollars for the Steamboat Challenge Fund. If you have been anxious to learn about the results...

Unique Uses for Brick

Brick is a very powerful material when it comes to the home. While it may seem as though brick can only be used in a traditional atmosphere, the fact of the matter is, brick is actually a quite versatile material. We have put together a...

Sustainable Skyscraper in London Changes the Game

It's no secret how popular the idea of sustainable building has become recently. However, a new skyscraper in London is changing the game when it comes to sustainable design. Nicknamed "The Razor," this building is 42 stories tall and has wind turbines at the top,...

Emerging Architectural Trends for 2012

When designing a new commercial or residential space, it is important to stay on top of the latest trends in order to ensure your space is fresh and up-to-date. Luckily, we have stumbled upon some of the latest architectural trends that are emerging this year....

Nonresidential Construction Spending Sees A Boost

A new indicator of construction spending for nonresidential projects was recently released and points to an increase in spending on these projects. The Dodge Momentum Index is used to measure the spending of nonresidential construction projects over a 12 month period. According to an article on Architectural Record,...

The Blade Building in Seoul Pierces the Sky

A skyscraper in Seoul will soon pierce the sky and push the design envelope. This amazing building is expected to have a diamond shape with faceted glass that will ripple across the surface. In addition, the sharpest edges of the Blade building are also expected...

Breaking Up a Bland Ceiling

When it comes to the interior of your Steamboat Springs home, you may look for ways to spice it up and make it more unique and original looking. One way to do this is to look up. The ceiling is a wonderful place to create...

The Shelf Hotel in China Pushes the Envelope

We love drawing inspiration from new and unique projects across the globe, which is exactly why the Shelf Hotel in Xian, China caught our attention. This amazing project uses the idea of a skyscraper in such an original and unique way, it definitely pushes the...

Upcoming: First Annual Paddle Battle

We recently gave you some great news about the very first Vertical Arts Paddle Battle. This amazing event will be taking place on Saturday, May 19th, and registration is now open! If you adore attending wonderful events in the Steamboat Springs area, you won't want...

Mixing Functionality and High Style in Your Home

Your home should be a place where style and functionality come together in harmony to create a space that reflects your personal take on style and design. In order to create a home that mixes functionality and high style in the Steamboat Springs area, it...

PBS' 10 Buildings That Changed America

We were excited to hear that PBS is planning on airing a national TV special that examines the "10 Buildings that Changed America." Expected in 2013, PBS' new TV special will be all about the architecture that helped shape our country and changed the "way...

Support Steamboat's Youth By Giving To The Challenge Fund

We all know that today's youth is tomorrow's future and it is important that we arm them with all the tools they need to succeed. And nothing is a better tool than education. Here in Steamboat we have the Steamboat Elementary School Challenge Fund leading the...

Vertical Arts' First Annual Paddle Battle

For all you pongers out there we have an event that you won't want to miss. Vertical Arts is hosting the "First Annual Paddle Battle" on Saturday, May 19th from 11:00am until 7:00pm. All proceeds benefit The Challenge Fund. We will have both singles and doubles...

Titanic Belfast

We recently marked the 100th anniversary of the greatest peacetime maritime disaster in history, the sinking of the Titanic. Today we want to highlight the new attraction in Belfast, Ireland, the city where the Titanic was built. Architizer takes us inside Titanic Belfast, a visitor...

The Unsinkable Molly Brown

Yesterday marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The British passenger liner sank after colliding with an iceberg 375 miles south of Newfoundland, in the early hours of April 15, 1912. 1,514 people lost their lives in aboard the Titanic, with less...

Skyscrapers: The Best of the Best

EVolo, an architecture and design journal, has set the bar high with their annual eVolo Skyscraper Competition. Since 2006, the competition has pitted some of the world's most prestigious architecture firms against each other hoping to win the award for the most innovative skyscraper design....

Yves Saint Laurent Heads to Colorado

Denver goes couture as the popular Yves Saint Laurent Retrospective exhibit heads to the Denver Art Museum. The New York Times asks "why Denver?" and is brilliantly answered by Pierre Bergé, Saint Laurent’s longtime partner and the head of the designer’s foundation, “America isn’t just New...

Miami's Science Museum Breaks Ground

Miami is quickly becoming a cultural icon for other US cities to emulate. Recently another groundbreaking ceremony was held at its newest crown of achievement Museum Park. Miami's Museum Park is situated in downtown Miami overlooking Biscayne Bay. The new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of...

Kitchen Trends for 2012

Kitchen remodeling trends for 2012 are all about leading a more modern and minimalist lifestyle. Some of the kitchen trends we are seeing are concealed appliances. In-wall ovens, built-in coffee bars and paneled refrigerators that blend into the cabinetry are all the rage. Maple cabinetry is...

Create a Serene Bath For Your Home

Is your bathroom a place where you can unwind after a long day at the office or on the slopes? A serene atmosphere and calming colors are key to changing a person's mood or setting the right one for the day ahead. Whatever the size...

Are you eco-friendly?

In order to live a greener life and develop a eco-friendly existence we will have to take a holistic approach to the process. We must realize that everything that we need for our existence comes directly or indirectly from nature. Sustainability is the technical term...

Titantic's James Cameron Going Vertical

Known for his creative and out-of-the-box approach to films,  James Cameron takes his imagination into the deepest part of the ocean. It was Cameron's 1989 film, “The Abyss”, which sparked the director's appreciation of the deep sea. And his time filming "Titanic", which is being...

Outdoor Living This Spring

The first day of spring is less than a week away and although there is still snow on the ground here in Steamboat Springs it doesn't mean we can't start anticipating the warm weather. Design Wire, one of our favorite design resources, has helped us...

Things To See In Steamboat Springs

Have you seen Denver Post's Five Reasons to Visit Steamboat Springs? We were happy to see our Denver neighbors highlighting just a few reasons why visitors should make their way to our fare city, besides just for the great powder. According to the Denver Post, "You'll...

Austria's Avalanche Center

Earlier this week we mentioned the importance of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center. Like in most ski towns an avalanche information center keeps skiers and riders abreast of the risks of an avalanche in that particular area. We recently came across Austria's Avalanche Center, which...

Winter Weather Advisory In Effect For Steamboat

Living and working in Colorado we are lucky to enjoy world-class skiing and recreational activities all year long. This month we have had a lot of snowfall here in Steamboat Springs. And although it is our instinct to hit the slopes with this abundance of...

Test Your Knowledge of Architecture

NEXT Architects has released a second edition of their popular Modern Architecture game. This version, features a wider array of global architects and structures, comes more than a decade after its predecessor. The game is played on a board fashioned after a construction drawing with...

Architecture, A Work Of Fiction?

At Vertical Arts, we know that Colorado builders and residents are passionate about architecture and so when we came across the "Top Ten Novels About Architects" on Architizer we had to share. These books do a great job combining the passion of reading and architecture. So...

Design Apps We Love

Colorado has become host to some of the most stunning homes in the nation. Colorado builders have focused on sustainable design and assembling homes steeped in luxury. Whether working with primary residences or second homes, interior design can help elevate your home to the next...

The Evolution of Architecture

We wrote about Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” in our post "Modern Day Architecture", but as popular as Scott's article has been, the response from Thomas Fisher on Metropolis is getting just as many hits.  Where Timberg writes about the downfall of architecture, Thomas...

Modern Day Architecture

Have you read Scott Timberg’s article “The Architecture Meltdown” which appeared in Salon on February 4, 2012? It is creating quite a buzz. Timberg questions the direction architecture is taking after the crash of the housing market. Scott writes "for all its soaring lines and...

Construction Spending On The Rise?

Is it good news is on the horizon for the housing market? Bloomberg is reporting that "Construction spending in the U.S. rose in December at the fastest pace in four months, reflecting broad- based gains that signal the industry is stabilizing." Figures released by the...

Design Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is approaching so we wanted to share some of our favorite gift ideas for the designer in your life. Looking to brighten up the life of your favorite designer? Try one of these iPad and iPhone cases. A designer's favorite accessory is their Macbook...

Design Gift Ideas for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is approaching so we wanted to share some of our favorite gift ideas for the designer in your life. Looking to brighten up the life of your favorite designer? Try one of these iPad and iPhone cases. [caption id="attachment_1931" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption=CB2, $24.95 to $44.95][/caption] ...

Award-Winning Interior Design Projects From Around the World

World Architecture News recently announced their list of  Houses of the Year for 2011.  There are a lot of admirable homes featured on this extensive list from across the globe. From a sustainable home in Singapore to a Canadian lake house, these homes feature innovative...

A Carbon-Neutral Indoor Ski Slope?

Living in a winter wonderland like Steamboat Springs, we are always interested in reading about new design plans for ski slopes around the globe. Especially the one featured on Inhabitat.com, which mentions Barcelona's plans for the first-ever carbon-neutral indoor ski slope. From the designers who brought...

The Best of Our Country's Infrastructure

Our country's infrastructure has been a hot topic in the Obama administration, the neglected roads and bridges have been brought to the forefront to be revisited. With all the discussions about what is wrong with our infrastructure, Architectural Digest takes a look at what is...

A Look At The New Natural History Museum Of Utah

Our neighbors to the west, Utah, has designed a structure recently that beautifully molds itself into the landscape. The Natural History Museum of Utah's new home, the Rio Tinto Center, is a $103 million project just a few miles from downtown Salt Lake City.  The...

Starbucks Goes Green This Holiday Season

Have you seen Starbucks' new reclaimed shipping container coffee shop in Tukwila, Washington? This "reclamation drive-thru" was built using four shipping containers and was designed to LEED building standards. Inhabitat is reporting that the inspiration came from "the company’s use of the containers to ship their...

Design Trends for 2012

Happy New Year! With a new year comes new trends in architecture and interiors design. Here are some trends that we think will continue being popular in 2012. 1. Master suite with sitting room. 2. Universal Design 3. Green Design 4. Outdoor Living Spaces 5. Home Theater What design...

In Memoriam: Andrew Geller

The American architect who was indirectly thought to have spurred the "Kitchen Debate" between then Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on July 24, 1959 passed away. Andrew Geller's adaption of a house designed by Stanley H. Klein, was put on display...

Sustainable Building in Colorado

Building green is getting a lot of media attention these days and Vertical Arts is committed to creating sustainable designs. Offering LEED certification and Green Building Design specifications, we understand the importance of innovative and responsible construction. Architectural green design complements the classic building process with...

Charles and Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter tonight on PBS

Tonight, December 19th, PBS American Masters explores one of the most influential designers of our time, Charles and Ray Eames, who also happened to be married to each other. Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter premieres tonight from 10-11:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on...

The Bright Stars for 2012

Architectural Digest has featured their "Buzz-Worthy Buildings in 2012" and we must say these designs are pushing boundaries. Take a look at these inspiring and bold buildings and see where the future is taking us in 2012. Azerbaijan Cultural Center in Baku by Zaha Hadid Architects London...

Pantone Announces Its 2012 Color of the Year

Pantone, the authority on color, recently announced that Tangerine Tango would be the 2012 Color of the Year.  Tangerine Tango, a vibrant shade of orange, made an early appearance on the runway during Spring 2012 Fashion Week. It was only a matter of time before this...

Homeowners Are Saying Yes To Green Design

It seems that homeowners are moving away from the 'McMansions" and are more interested in building homes that are energy efficient. According to a new Yahoo! Real Estate survey homeowners are looking for "a 'green', energy-efficient home built with 'sustainable' materials that yield a lower...

Gift Ideas For Your Favorite Architect

We recently came across Apartment Therapy's Gift Guide for Architects. This comprehensive list shares some great gift ideas for the architect in your life. One of our favorites is the Wood Whale desktop organizer from The Utility Collective. Just place your pencils in the spout, sketch...

Obama Pledges $4 Billion For Energy Upgrades

Yesterday was a big day for advocates of the Better Buildings Challenge. President Obama and former president Bill Clinton announced a combined $4 billion investment from both the public and private sectors for energy efficient building upgrades. “Upgrading the energy efficiency of America’s buildings is one...

Changes to Steamboat Ski Area Might Be On The Horizon

Steamboat is most certainly a ski town so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Steamboat Ski and Resort Corporation is proposing a 10-year master plan that will include new ski lifts and expanding the restaurant facilities. While skier attendance has dropped in the last...

Mountain Architecture From Around The World

As a multi-faceted architectural design firm based out of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we always stay abreast of how other mountain homes across the world mix contemporary style with mountain architecture.  And this mountain lodge in Norway really helps get our creative juices flowing. Designed by...

New Clyfford Still Museum in Denver

The new Clyfford Still Museum opened in Denver, CO on November 18th. Among the first generation of Abstract Expressionist artists, Clyfford Still was one of the most significant American painters of the twentieth century. With nearly 94 percent of the artist’s life work, the Clyfford...

Everyday Is America Recycles Day In Colorado!

Did you know that today marks the 14th annual America Recycles Day? America Recycles Day is a chance to bring communities across the country together to celebrate and promote recycling here in the United States. A study conducted by an independent research organization, Economist Intelligence...

A Look At Busan Lotte World Tower

We briefly mentioned our involvement in the Busan Lotte World Tower, located in Busan, South Korea, but we wanted to once again highlight this incredible tower. The skyscraper, upon completion, will become the 6th tallest building in the world. The Busan Lotte World Tower is expected to...

Mountain Home Fireplaces

A fireplace is an important design element in any home, but for those of us living in Colorado it becomes so much more. It is the perfect place to go and relax after you've come back from a long day out on the ski slopes....

Vertical Arts Remodels Sitzmark Lodge in Vail

Our designers' transformation of Sitzmark Lodge began with some updates such as new granite countertops and molding. New furnishings with elegant enhancements were also selected by our design team, which was headed by Linda Nielsen. In order to provide updated amenities, and offer that sought-after...

Watch The Greenest Building at Bud Werner Memorial Library

Have you seen or heard of the movie, "The Greenest Building"? If not, it is a film that focuses on the benefits of reusing and recycling old buildings as part of the sustainability movement's "triple bottom line," or economic, social, and ecological balance.  There will be a...

Give your Home Interiors a Visual Boost with Architectural Interest

We all have seen the standard 'cookie cutter' home communities that have the same floorplans, exterior finishes, building materials and so forth. Not only do these homes lack originality from street view, when you enter them, they all have the same layout. If you are...

Paint Colors Inspired By Vincent van Gogh

Painting a room in your home just got a little easier with the newly released paint collection from the Guggenheim Museum. Yes you heard right, the Guggenheim has entered the realm of interior design. In collaboration with the Fine Paints of Europe, the Guggenheim Museum...

Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act Passes Through Congress

Yesterday the U.S.Senate approved the 'Ski Area Recreational Opportunity Enhancement Act' (H.R. 765), which passed through the House last week. This bi-partisan bill is aimed at improving the summer ski area activities in places like Steamboat Springs. According to Steamboat Today, "The Ski Area Recreational...

Is The Online Interior Magazine Replacing Its Print Counterpart?

We recently read an article on Architectural Record that compares the different design magazines available only online and we couldn't believe the surge that this market has seen in the last couple of years. With the end of Domino, which had developed a design cult-like...

Autumn in Colorado

It is definitely beginning to feel a little more like autumn here in Colorado. Steamboat Springs has already experienced its first snow of the 2011/2012 season and that means time to get out your skis! To help inspire you this fall season we are featuring some...

And The Winner Is…

Congratulations University of Maryland for winning the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. The Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams from around the world to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. According to U.S....

Vertical Arts Is Now On Architizer

We recently published two of our projects on Architizer. Referred to as the Facebook for Architects, Architizer is a new way for architects to interact and show their work with other architects. We featured our Vertical Arts Architecture Studio & Gallery and the Wildhorse Meadows...

Denver Artist Ray Tomasso at Vertical Arts Gallery Tonight!

We wanted to thank Steamboat Today for their great article yesterday on our Ray Tomasso exhibit which is opening tonight, September 22nd, here at our Vertical Arts Gallery from 5:30 to 8 pm. Vertical Arts will be hosting an opening reception here tonight for the...

Vertical Arts Open House This Thursday, September 22nd

Vertical Arts will be hosting an Open House this Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30 to 8:30pm at our space at 690 Marketplace Plaza. We are launching our new retail showroom with unique furnishings, lighting and art and would love for you to join us in...

OktoberWest Starts Today in Steamboat!

Today starts the 3rd annual OktoberWest here in Steamboat Springs, CO. It is your chance to celebrate Oktoberfest, mountain style. From Rocky Mountain beer to a bike parade, Germany has nothing on Steamboat 's OktoberWest. Let's just hope the rain holds off so we can...

Our Steamboat Highland Project

It is important for us here at Vertical Arts to create an environment for a client that is truly a reflection of their ideas. We are proud to live and work in Steamboat, Colorado and nothing gives us greater pleasure than designing a space that...

The New World Trade Centers

Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and while the nation remembers the tragedy we endured that day, many look to the future and the possibilities ahead for the site at which the Twin Towers once stood. Two towers, one called 7 World Trade...

Transforming interior space from your vision

David Hill and Brent Pearson of Resort Ventures West wrote a rave review, praising Vertical Arts Architecture’s ability to convey their vision in a physical space. Vertical Arts Architecture provides a number of creative and functional services for its clients. Site Analysis, site planning, architectural design, cost estimating,...

Apple Campus 2 designs released and Steve Jobs resigns

Hot on the heels of the released images of Apple's new Campus 2 in Cupertino, CA is the news that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is stepping down. Jobs himself described his 2.8 million square feet "futuristic" headquarters as looking "like a spaceship has landed". Not...

Architecture At Work in Outdoor Landscaping

A good way to marry innovative architecture is with great, modern decor. Your immediate thought may go to magnificent artpieces, etc. but when you live with modern style, art surpasses hanging pictures. A lot of contemporary architecture create open spaces in structure. Floor to wall windows,...

Our Modern Contemporary Style

Today we wanted to feature our River Road project. This sustainable remodel offers the best in mountain contemporary design. With clean lines and sleek finishes this home captures the beauty and ruggedness of the Rocky Mountain terrain. First the rendering...

Colorado’s Inspirational Summer Days

With one more month of great summer weather ahead of us, now is the time to get out and enjoy a Colorado summer day. From hiking and biking to kayaking and fly fishing, Colorado is a perfect summer playground. At Vertical Arts we are lucky...

Take a Look at the Best Collegiate Architecture

To celebrate the start of another school year, this week we will take a look at some of the best collegiate architecture around the country. Most colleges and universities that made the list are known for their storied buildings; others are gaining ground by capitalizing...

Vertical Arts Featured in August Issue of Mountain Living

We are currently featured in an eight page spread in the August issue of Mountain Living.  Our contemporary mountain design that we did for the Rotermund family is displayed in a great article titled "Outside Influences." Appropriately named, since this residence is a perfect blend...

Why Green is Good

Going green is more than a way to build here at Vertical Arts, it’s a way of life.  Our expertise in building green has led us to a lot of great projects. In this Steamboat residence for instance, we used the LEED certification process to...

Using Texture in Your Home Design

Last week we mentioned the importance of details when creating a memorable space in your home. This week we wanted to continue along the same line and talk about another design element that is equally important...

It’s All About The Details

Ever wondered what makes a home’s interior stellar? Why do some interiors stand out while others just fade from memory? Well…most professional designers agree that it really is all about the details…from the accessories to art placement….from lamp selection to pillow design. It’s the details...

Vertical Arts featured in Steamboat Magazine

Last week we briefly mentioned our nine bus stop shelters that we designed along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs. We were recently featured in Steamboat Magazine along with David Marshall, the talented artist who made the contemporary bus stop signs.  Brandt Vanderbosch, Principal of...

Steamboat Today explores a municipal project

Vertical Arts Architecture is a company of insightful designers. These designers give personal attention to Vertical Arts Architecture clients which enables them to create buildings with a depth. Form & function are combined in ways which sustain beauty and purpose. According to a Mountain Living business profile,...

Celebrate John Lautner this Saturday

This Saturday, July 16th, has been declared John Lautner Day in Los Angeles, on what would have been his 100th birthday. The acclaimed architect, who arrived in the Los Angeles in the late 1930s, helped shape the city by designing some of its "most celebrated...

Green Energy Spending Up in 2010

According to a recent article on USA Today, global spending on green energy increased by 32% in 2010. There are a couple of major factors leading to the increase. First, breakthroughs in solar cell technology have allowed the cells to be manufactured much more cheaply,...

Take a Peek at the Vertical Arts Office

At Vertical Arts here in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, our architectural firm strives to create timeless and inspiring environments, and we are definitely inspired by one of our favorite projects- our office! Combining our love of sustainable design, innovation and functionality, we created a sleek, modern...

New PwC Headquarters Makes a Splash in London

The new Price Waterhouse Coopers headquarters in London was recently featured in a Buzz-Worthy Buildings article on Architectural Digest. The article highlights 15 recently completed projects that are leading the way in modern architecture and design. The PwC headquarters project used steel and glass for the...

Stunning Pools Across the World

These extreme pools caught our eye over at MSN, so we wanted to share these unique designs with all of our readers! If you plan to put a pool in your yard (or on top of your roof for that matter, see below), we hope...

Eco-Friendly Bamboo House

At Vertical Arts, we have a passion for energy-efficient and sustainable design, and try to use environmentally friendly methods and supplies whenever possible. This recent article on Inhabitat really caught our eye with its use of sustainable materials to create a truly stunning home. Due to...

Vertical Arts Gets VERY Vertical

For the last few months, Vertical Arts has been working on a project of epic proportions, a skyscraper in South Korea. Once completed the Busan Lotte Tower in Busan, South Korea will be one of the ten tallest buildings in the world.  This is quite...

Glam Jam Recap

We wanted to thank everyone involved who helped make Glam Jam such a success. A special thanks to all of our sponsors Amante, Chez Nous, Drunken Onion, Tall Tulips, TV 18, Urbane, Wild Horse Salon and the Steamboat Winter Sports Club. We also wanted to...

Mountain Modern Design on the Hillside

When it comes to the unmatched mountain lifestyle, there is no reason to keep your home interior design in the rustic age of yesteryear. Whether looking out on the breathtaking mountain view or residing among the cascading hills, mountain modern home design is appropriate for any modern...

Jennifer Helm of Vertical Arts Featured on TV18

Our very own Jennifer Helm was featured alongside Clark Davidson of the Steamboat Springs Arts Council on Friday’s Steamboat Today’s morning show on TV18. Harper Louden interviewed Jennifer and Clark on Glam Jam, which is taking place this Friday night, June 10th from 6pm to...

House Boats: The Ultimate Surf and Turf

Who wouldn't love to ditch the dry land and live on a house boat? With all the design and architectural possibilities, house boats can be just as luxurious as a traditional home. And if luxurious isn’t the look you’re going for, how about quirky? Check...

Glam Jam Benefit Fashion Show is June 10th!

We are a little over a week away from our Glam Jam Benefit Fashion Show for the Steamboat Spring Arts Council. The event will be held here at Vertical Arts on Friday, June 10th from 6 to 8pm. The fashion show will feature apparel from...

Vertical Arts introduces Emeco to our retail line

One of the reason that we brought Emeco to our retail line is that their chairs are handmade from 80% recycled aluminum.  It is said that when founder Wilton Dinges, tossed a 1006 Navy Chair out of a 60 story building to test the durability...

Fashion Show at Vertical Arts June 10th

For Immediate Release: May 8, 2011 Media Contact: Clark Davidson (970) 879-9008 clark@steamboatspringsarts.com FASHION SHOW AT VERTICAL ARTS Vertical Arts, located at 690 Marketplace Plaza, will host “Glam Jam”, a benefit fashion show for the Steamboat Springs Arts Council on Friday, June 10th from 6:00-8 p.m.  The fashion show will exhibit apparel...

Save the Date-Glam Jam is June 10th at Vertical Arts Gallery

You’ll want to go ahead and make sure you save the date for Glam Jam on Friday, June 10th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm here at Vertical Arts Gallery. We are so excited to be a part of this incredible event supporting the Steamboat Arts...

Cabaret Short and Sweet

This year's annual Cabaret, a comedic performance that highlights a year of Steamboat Springs in review, was titled "Short and Sweet". The Steamboat Springs Arts Council fundraiser opened last Thursday night with shows running through May 14th at the Strings Music Pavilion. Eileen Jones, a...

Cabaret "Short and Sweet"

This year's annual Cabaret, a comedic performance that highlights a year of Steamboat Springs in review, was titled "Short and Sweet". The Steamboat Springs Arts Council fundraiser opened last Thursday night with shows running through May 14th at the Strings Music Pavilion. Eileen Jones, a...

From Inspiration to Revitalization

We wanted to share with you a slide show, Inspiration to Revitalization, that our interior design team put together of a home we remodeled. Often we are called upon to breathe new life into a home, whether that means a total redesign or something  smaller...

Help Support Sophia Dixon Dillo on Kickstarter

Congratulations to contemporary light artist Sophia Dixon Dillo, whose artwork and light installation is currently being displayed at Vertical Arts Studio, for being featured on Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects around the world. Kickstarter gives artists in the field of music, film,...

Intriguing Design Exposed…Literally.

As you've seen in our recent blogs, we're a fan of the apartment tours from Vogue. In a recent one, Lauren Santo Domingo saw the home of model Elettra Wiedemann and her Brit business consultant husband-to-be, James Marshall. The apartment is modern and has a fun, colorful...

English Design Matches Vertical Arts in Materials

We've discussed before how Vertical Arts focuses on sustainability by using natural elements in our design. By using natural materials, you're home can be much more eco-friendly, and can look even more amazing next to the beautiful natural surroundings, like those of Steamboat Springs. As...

Local Business Spotlight: Tall Tulips Flower Shop

Steamboat Springs has an abundance of wonderful local businesses, and we love being a part of such an environment. In addition to all things Steamboat Springs, Vertical Arts is also about all things green...

Colorado Leads the LEED Way In Construction

In 2010 more and more companies decided to start building green and were meeting LEED standards in their construction. Vertical Arts has always prized sustainability and environmental-friendliness in their designs, and was happy to see other businesses jump on board with all things green. Our...

Congratulations to 2011's AIA Housing Awards Winners

The American Institute of Architecture's annual Housing Awards are prestigious honors in our field. Vertical Arts wants to congratulate this year's winners, and to show you their stellar work. Here are photos of the winners from the single family housing category. We appreciate the modern edge...

Eco-Art Takes the Toolbox to the Table With Artistic Accessory Designs

At Vertical Arts we love a great new eco-friendly idea when we see one, especially when it involves home and architectural designs. Our latest find? Through California Home Design, we discovered eco-artist Tammy Roe's new sculptures, made from the contents of your junk drawer or...

Blue Makes a Universal Comeback

Have you been feeling blue? How about seeing blue? While browsing the Material Girls Blog, we stumbled across a fantastic chair, and undeniable fact. Blue is back...

Fashion Inspires Fabric: Implement Your Favorite Styles In Your Design

Design is about creation and creativity, as well as functionality, in many different industries. In fashion, clothing must be reasonably wearable when marketed, while still meeting current trends and offering a brilliant look. Interior and architecture design is much the same; each space needs to...

Inspiration From A Well Designed Apartment

Vertical Arts works to produce inspired, great design in each space we create or remodel. To continuously produce high-end and well designed works, you have to be inspired. Our inspiration comes from many different sources, such as other designers and nature. An article in Vogue...

Keeping Up With Vertical Arts

Vertical Arts is a modern architectural firm that works to building sustainable homes and buildings that are also beautiful and functional, culminating in the epitome of design. We're constantly taking on new projects so that our clients can receive amazing results and so that our...

Turn Out The Lights With Vertical Arts

Vertical Arts not only creates  beautiful, mountain contemporary design, but also focuses on ensuring that our designs are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Our designs are made to be energy efficient so that they put little strain on the environment, and we help with LEED certification,...

Richard Neutra, An Architectural Pioneer

There are many different genres and styles of architecture, and though Vertical Arts does not fall into the same category as Richard Neutra, we still respect his work and efforts in the field of architecture. Neutra graced the cover of TIME Magazine in 1949, after he...

Nature's Influence Creates Timeless Design

If you look at the previous and current projects of Vertical Arts, you'll probably notice the frequent use of stone, wood, and other nature-reflecting materials. While natural and natural looking materials are not only resilient and beautiful, they create a timeless look that keeps your...

Mountain Lodge Achieves Sustainability

The cover story of Mountain Living magazine's Green Issue recounts the transformation of Rivers Bend Lodge along the Yellowstone River in Montana into a sustainable retreat. The eco-friendly renovation, undertaken by a couple with local roots and a passion for the lodge's beautiful setting, includes...

Opening Reception for Contemporary Art Exhibit Tonight

Join us tonight as we host an opening reception for contemporary light artist Sophia Dixon Dillo, whose work will be displayed at the Vertical Arts Gallery this month. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, Friday, March 11, at the Vertical...

Vertical Arts Uses 3D Modeling in Architecture Design

It is our belief that we provide our clients and contractors with every design tool possible. Building information modeling is the latest technique architects are using to communicate their designs in 3D form, offering not only a more realistic view of a project, but also...

Try New Oscar de la Renta Fabrics for the Home

Vertical Arts interior design is now carrying fashion-inspired home fabrics by Oscar de la Renta for Lee Jofa, and we want to introduce you to all the ways you can dress up your home using the savvy new line. In each fabric pattern, Oscar de...

Artist Brian Leach Featured in Steamboat Today

Brian Leach, the local artist behind the current Vertical Arts Gallery exhibit, was featured recently in Steamboat Today for his innovative artwork, which is created using a unique wood-burning technique. After hosting an opening reception for Brian on Feb. 11, his work has been displayed...

Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 Collection Inspired by Wild West

Our interior designers at Vertical Arts are fashionistas as well. We look for the upcoming design trends in style, fashion, and all-around boldness. Recently, the fabulous Ralph Lauren Spring 2011 Collection has caught our eye with its nod to the wild West, the next latest...

Contemporary Light Art Exhibit Coming to Vertical Arts

The Vertical Arts Architecture Gallery will be featuring Sophia Dixon Dillo's new "Light and Line" exhibit beginning at the end of February and continuing through the end of March. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular business hours. Sophia Dixon Dillo is an...

Define Your Home with Shades of Gray

We started the conversation about gray being the new black for interiors last week, and now we want to explore some of the fun gray shades you can use in your home to get in on the trend. You see, Gray is really just a...

Is Gray the New Black for Interiors?

This season's hottest interior design looks seem to suggest that gray is now the preferred dark neutral rather than black. Just skim through design magazines to see shades of gray celebrated from floor to ceiling. According to Home Color Trends 2010/11, by Kate Smith and Kiki...

Attend Art Opening at Vertical Arts Feb. 11

Please join Vertical Arts as we welcome long-time local artist Brian Leach for an opening reception on the evening of February 11th from 6 to 9 p.m. Brian's creative wood work will be on display at the Vertical Arts Gallery during the month of February....

Mixed-Use Development Expected To Grow in 2011

As residential design trends focus on "simplicity, resourcefulness, health, community, and practicality," according to an article in Builder magazine, multi-use development is expected to grow in 2011. Once confined mostly to urban areas, the "village vibe" is emerging in suburbs, as designers seek to connect...

Vertical Arts Sponsors Steamboat Spring Winter Carnival

Now in its 98th year, we are proud to sponsor the 2011 annual Steamboat Springs Winter Carnival going on this week and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 6. There are still lots of fun activities to enjoy during the carnival, including traditional snow sports competitions at...

Mixed-Use Resort Makes Mountain Lifestyle Accessible

One of the newest resort communities in Steamboat Springs is Wildhorse Meadows, which was designed as "an integrated, practical, architecturally rich, resort community with a mix of housing types that reflect the real Steamboat Springs," says developer Resort Ventures West. The creation of Wildhorse Meadows reflects...

Elegant Understated Style for Western Homes

As many homeowners embrace the design concept of "mountain modern," interior designers are also coming up with ways to re-imagine Western homes. Featured in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Western Art & Architecture, interior designer David Michael Miller has perfected an elegant understated style that...

Top 10 Green Building Products

The foundation of green building lies in the materials and techniques that work together to reduce carbon emissions and benefit our planet. Architectural Record provides a list of some of the top 10 green building products that help accomplish this goal. Check out their selections...

3 Architecture Terms To Know

In order to communicate your design needs, it can help to learn how to speak in terms architects use. And, come on, your friends will be impressed too when you can use architecture terms to describe your new home or remodel. Here are three architectural...

Timber Framing for Today

As you know, our Dream Catcher Trail design was recently featured in Mountain Living. One of the defining features of the home's architecture is its timber frame, or wooden structural support system. The historic framing technique is at once beautiful and incredibly functional as well,...

Tour the 2011 New American Home

Thousands of professionals from the residential building industry have descended upon Orlando, Fla., this week for the 2011 International Builders Show sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders. It's the industry's largest annual trade show, with more than 1,200 exhibitors, networking and learning opportunities,...

Old West Interiors Inspired by True Grit

The movie True Grit resurrects a desire for that Old West aesthetic our region made famous. A hallmark of Old West design is maximizing beautiful mountain views. Vertical Arts interprets this tradition in a modern way by designing beautiful homes with soaring ceilings, majestic windows,...

Embrace Mountain Modern Style

A style known as "mountain modern" has swept High Country in a big way, leading to a trend in streamlined architecture. Mountain Living dedicates its entire January/February 2011 issue to the phenomenon, showcasing homes with the latest designs and interpretations of "mountain modern." Still present...

Best Architecture Schools Ranked for 2011

Architectural Record recently released its list of America’s Best Architecture schools for 2011.  Here are just a few of the findings: Collegiate architecture programs (undergraduate or graduate) strongest in the area(s) of: Construction Methods and Materials: 1. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo 2. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University 3. University...

Modern Rest Stops Do Exist… In Spain

Have you ever seen a roadside pit stop this grand? If you ever happen to visit Zaragoza, Spain, you will. Check out what we uncovered over at Dezeen. Oddly named Lolita, this rest stop features restaurants, event space for rent and rest areas for those passing through....

Our Steamboat Springs' Shadow Run Project

Our Shadow Run outdoor living area project was recently featured in Steamboat Today. The Shadow Run condominium complex in Steamboat Springs underwent a bit of a facelift, we designed a new spa facility complete with a hot tub enclosure and outdoor fire pit. The property...

Don't Miss our Opening Reception for Kate Petly tomorrow!

Don’t forget about our opening reception for artist Kate Petly tomorrow, Friday 17th at 5:30pm. We will be hosting the event at the Vertical Arts gallery complete with hors d’oeuvres, drinks and music to help start your weekend off right. Petly’s work has appeared in venues...

Renowned Artist Kate Petly at Vertical Arts this Friday

We are so excited to feature the work of renowned artist Kate Petley at the Vertical Arts gallery from Friday, December 17th through January 17th. Through a collaborative effort with Plus Gallery in Denver, we were able to bring Kate Petley's work to Steamboat Springs....

Vertical Arts was featured in Mountain Living

Our Dream Catcher Trail residence, located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was recently featured in Mountain Living magazine. This timber-frame mountain lodge incorporates a number of different materials to give it a truly unique look such as timber, stone, copper and reclaimed siding. We...

Vertical Arts' Residential Projects

At Vertical Arts we build homes that are both beautiful and functional. Being based out of Steamboat Springs in Colorado, we have the majestic Rocky Mountains to inspire us on a daily basis. Our homes can range from rustic to contemporary depending on our clients’...

George W. Bush Presidential Library Aims for LEED Platinum

The groundbreaking ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Library, the nation’s 13th Presidential Library, occurred recently on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. The future museum will tell “the story of the Bush Administration.” Scheduled to be completed in 2013,...

The Return of The Olympian

One of our commercial projects, The Olympian, is seeing some growth this fall according to Steamboat Today. Steamboat Today reports that “The Olympian, at Yampa and Fifth streets, is among the downtown redevelopment properties seeing the return of high-end condo buyers.” Located on the east end...

Great Start for Skiers in Steamboat

Steamboat Springs is off to a good start in the snow department this year with 74 inches of fresh powder already on the ground with a week still left till opening day at Steamboat Ski Areas. According to Steamboat Today, this could prove to be...

Architecture Events around the United States

This December New Orleans will play host to some of the world’s most renowned architects. DesCours is a free, public, ten-day architecture and art event that invites internationally acclaimed architects to New Orleans to create 14 installations that will be “hidden” throughout the city. Private...

Greening Modernism by Carl Stein

In today’s architecture world the word “green” is thrown around quite a lot. Green design, sustainability, preservation are all hot topics that we address as architects on a daily basis. So we were curious when we came across the book “Greening Moderism” by Carl Stein,...

"Greening Modernism" by Carl Stein

In today’s architecture world the word “green” is thrown around quite a lot. Green design, sustainability, preservation are all hot topics that we address as architects on a daily basis. So we were curious when we came across the book “Greening Moderism” by Carl Stein,...

More Changes…This time to our blog

As you read last week we have made some changes to our design team and this week we decided to modify our blog a little. The new design allows our readers to access more of our posts from the home page. We have made it...

Rising To The Challenge

Vertical Arts adds yet another layer of design excellence to our team with the addition of interior designers, Linda Hipp Nielsen and Jennifer Michele Helm.  Already a multi-faceted design firm, we currently offer all disciplines of design including architectural planning, interior design and landscape services. “We’ve...

Design Excellence

With the arrival of Linda Hipp Nielsen and Jennifer Michele Helm to Vertical Arts, we wanted to share some of their interior design work with you below. With their combined 35 years of experience, both designers will be a great asset to our company. Linda...

Yampa Valley Regional Airport expansion in its final stages

Ski season is right around the corner for those of us living in the Steamboat Springs area and luckily we have the beautiful Rocky Mountains in our own backyard so we don’t have to travel to find the good powder. But for those of you...

Our Majestic Elkins Meadow Home in Steamboat Springs

For our Elkins Meadow project we needed a beautiful mountain home to match the breathtaking landscape that surrounds the property. The exterior, which is mountain contemporary design, sits perfectly amongst the colorful backdrop. We wanted the interior to reflect the beauty outside so we created a...

Vertical Arts' Elkins Meadow's Project

Elkins Meadow, originally homesteaded in 1891, is a well-known landmark in Steamboat Springs and we were excited for the opportunity to build a home on this remarkable piece of land. With only 20 available home sites, it was important for us to preserve and play...

Vertical Arts' Elkins Meadow's Project

Elkins Meadow, originally homesteaded in 1891, is a well-known landmark in Steamboat Springs and we were excited for the opportunity to build a home on this remarkable piece of land. With only 20 available home sites, it was important for us to preserve and play...

Go Green With Vertical Arts

At Vertical Arts we have a proven track record of designing communities, resorts, residential and commercial as well as mixed-use projects that are both inspiring and timeless. We explore sustainable architectural solutions while still taking into consideration the innovation and functionality of the space. Our...

Towering above the competition

At Vertical Arts, we are always keeping our eye on buildings that are emerging from around the world. One of the buildings that we find particularly interesting is the Aqua Tower in Chicago, designed by Studio Gang Architects.  Home of the first skyscraper, Chicago is...

A New Generation of Offices

The American Institute of Architecture recently discussed designing an office space for the new generation of the mobile workforce. Many companies opt out of a typical workstation, choosing to create a more “pleasant and civilized place.” Clive Wilkinson, of Clive Wilkinson Architects whose the Los Angeles...

New Bus Stops in Downtown Steamboat Springs Almost Complete

We talked a little about the new bus shelters we designed along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs over the summer, but the project is nearing completion and we wanted to share some of the construction photos with you. Weather permitting the project could be...

Interior Division at Vertical Arts

At Vertical Arts we strive to build one of a kind projects and take part in all aspects of the design process. Our interiors division allows us to create a strong unity between the interior and exterior form. Take a look at some of the...

Technology and Vertical Arts

At Vertical Arts we explore all aspects of a project. From site analysis to site history, there isn’t an element we overlook when it comes to the schematic design. It all plays a factor in the overall creative concept. Another important design tool we use...

Artist Hillary Weber at Vertical Arts

Vertical Arts is pleased to announce our upcoming opening reception for artist Hillary Weber. Based out of the Chicago area, Weber’s new paintings and photography collection was developed during the hours she spent on her morning commute over the industrial Stevenson Expressway (I-55). “A year and...

Designing with a Conscience

Architecture has developed somewhat of a social conscience through the years and has started a whole new revolution called “humanitarian design”. Many young architects making their way into the world are trading in the flashy skyscraper to rebuild communities destroyed by hurricanes. The Museum of...

Vertical Arts Named One of the Top Mountain Architects by Mountain Living

We wanted to thank the editors of Mountain Living Magazine for naming us one of the Top Mountain Architects of 2010. Their exclusive guide featured architects, design/build professionals and interior designers throughout the entire western region. We appreciate your vote of confidence and hope to...

The Architecture+Design Film Series

If you find yourself in Denver, Colorado on Wednesday, September 15th make sure you check out The Architecture+Design Film Series from 7 pm to 12 am at Starz FilmCenter. The film series celebrates “the best in films on architecture and design at five special screening...

Commercial Projects

We love our Steamboat Spring, Colorado community and nothing gives us greater pleasure than creating structures that the entire community can enjoy. We build inspiring and timeless environments using sustainable architectural solutions. Our proven track record designing community, commercial, residential, resort, and mixed-use projects is...

5 Fabulous Years!

We recently celebrated our 5th Anniversary here at Vertical Arts and Mountain Living Magazine, one of our favorite shelter magazines, helped us celebrate in style. The evening was a great success with food, drinks and fun as well as showcasing the latest work from artists...

Some of the World's Ugliest Buildings

Sometimes you look at something and wonder “What was that person thinking?” Travel & Leisure has compiled a list of the world’s ugliest buildings that will leave you wondering that exact question. Take a look at some of our favorite ugly buildings from across the...

Vertical Arts: Five Years and Going Strong

We just reached an important milestone here at Vertical Arts. We are proud to announce that we are celebrating our 5 year anniversary.  We found it interesting that the traditional 5th anniversary gift is wood, one of our favorite materials to work with. When our founder,...

The first LEED Platinum Skyscraper

One Bryant Park, last year’s greenest skyscraper, is now the world’s first office tower to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) highest rating of LEED Platinum. The sustainable tower, designed by Cook+Fox Architects and built by Tishman Construction Corporation, is the second tallest building...

Green Light for the Aspen Art Museum?

The City of Aspen has recently ruled that the approvals for the new Aspen Art Museum cannot legally be referred to voters. According to Toni Kronberg, who filed the petition, opponents to the museum plan on mounting a legal challenge to the art museum. The museum...

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design for the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate has been unveiled. The Kennedy Institute will be housed on the Boston waterfront alongside the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, built in 1979 by I.M. Pei. The project...

A View to Thrill

Living in Colorado we know a thing or two about rooms with views. In fact we designed a few of our own nestled amongst the breathtaking drop of the Rocky Mountains. Although the below photos don't quite feature the view we have above, their lookout...

The Youth of America is Leading the Green Way

It might be the oldest school in America, but Boston Latin School is showing the rest of the country just how young and innovative they are when it comes to going green. After seeing Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, a group of students lobbied the...

Does architecture shape music?

David Byrne, from the musical band Talking Heads, asks and answers the following question “Does the venue make the music?” In the below video Byrne discusses the importance the setting has played in influencing the songs and style of the music. From the small church...

The other big story behind Astor Courts

We recently came across some of the photos from Chelsea Clinton’s wedding over the weekend, which was held at Astor Courts, and Stanford White’s name was briefly mentioned as the architect who designed the estate back in 1902. Although the wedding made headlines across the...

The Future New York City?

Newsweek recently featured an article where three well-known architecture firms were asked what two of our largest populated cities, New York and Los Angeles, would look like in 2030. The results were quite innovative. Each firm’s distinctive approach on these cities was truly...

A Coastal Getaway

We recently came across this Bark Architects’ designed home on Contemporist. This home, located on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia, embodies the essence of its natural, coastal setting. The plans for this home were sketched out in the sand during a early visit to...

Building Small Spaces at the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is one of the leading museums in the world for art and design.  Going on now through August 30, 2010, the V&A will be displaying the work of seven architects from around the world. These design structures will...

Become our Fan on Facebook!

If you are like the many millions of people around the world you probably spend a good part of your day on Facebook.  Next time you’re there make sure you check out our Facebook Fan Page for the latest on Vertical Arts.  We’d love to...

Changing of the Guard

Today in Architectural Record they discussed the recent departures of staff at some of the leading architectural schools in the United States.  With fall semester approaching, deans and other administrators from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of...

Form or Function?

We recently read an article in The Financial Times titled “The balance between form and function”.  It reminded us of Louis Sullivan, the father of modernism, who coined the phrase "form ever follows function”.  Every architecture firm faces this battle when taking on a new...

Stephanie Meeks will head the National Trust for Historic Preservation

This month, Colorado’s own Stephanie Meeks, will become the first woman to run the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Stephanie Meeks, 45, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from George Washington University.  Architectural historian Richard Longstreth believes that...

Architect's Annual Design Review

You have until July 9th to enter Architect’s Annual Design Review.  The Annual Design Review celebrates the best of American architecture.  Entries must have been built in the United States or built by a U.S. firm.  The project must have been completed after June 30,...

Celebrate July 4th in Steamboat Springs

This weekend is July 4th and nothing says America quite like a parade, especially one down Lincoln Avenue.  The parade is not the only highlight this weekend, there’s also a community pancake breakfast, a block party, and the grand finale will be the...

Vertical Arts Designs New Bus Shelters for Steamboat Springs

We have designed nine new bus shelters to be installed this Fall along Lincoln Avenue in downtown Steamboat Springs.  Katy Vaughn, our project designer, told Steamboat Today that these shelters are supposed to reflect Northwest Colorado’s historic architecture. The materials used in the construction of these...

National Design Awards Winners Announced!

Last week the winners of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt 11th annual National Design Awards were announced.  The main three criteria that the jury looked at when deciding the winners were excellence, innovation and enhancement of the quality of life. In the category of Architecture Design, the winner...

The Design Process from Start to Finish

We mentioned in a previous post the circumstances an architect faces when building in Colorado verses other parts of the country.   In Colorado you have to work closely with the outdoor elements, it becomes an extension of the homes we build. Below we'll take you...

Engineering 101 for Kindergarten

For some schools across the country, it’s now reading, writing, arithmetic and engineering.  That's right, we said engineering.  We recently read an article in The New York Times about a Glen Rock, NJ school that is teaching their kindergarten classes how to build a home...

Michael Graves at NeoCon

NeoCon, kicks off in Chicago next week at The Merchandise Mart.  Architects, interior designers, business leaders, manufacturers and more will be attending the Neocon World’s Trade Fair to discover thousands of innovative products from over 700 showrooms and exhibitors.  Beginning Monday, June 14 and going...

A World Class Stadium for the World Cup

For all of you soccer fans out there, or as the rest of the world calls it "football", we thought we'd kick a post your way. With most of the world focusing on the games that will be played during the FIFA World Cup in South...

The Secret is Out, Sticky Rice=Super Strong Buildings

Scientists recently discovered that sticky rice  is the key to the durability of Chinese architecture.  Inhabitat.com states that, "Around 1,500 years ago, the Chinese started adding sticky rice soup to their traditional lime mortar mixture, which dramatically increased the strength of...

Building in Colorado

We are lucky to live and work in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  The beauty of the majestic Rocky Mountains inspires us on a daily basis.  We have learned to use the vertical slope of the mountains and its surrounding landscape to create beautiful homes for our...

Head to the River this Memorial Day

Ski season officially ended last month, but have no fear adventure seekers, whitewater rafting has all the thrills you seek and more.  This Memorial Day Weekend head outdoors and make your way to the river.  In 2008, Yampa River Festival and Paddling Life Pro Invitational...

Artist Will Day at Vertical Arts Tonight!

K. Saari Gallery will be hosting an opening reception for new gallery artist Will Day on Friday, May 21 from 6 to 8 pm at Vertical Arts. The party will continue at K.Saari Gallery's Art After Party at the Powder Room (St. Cloud...

Architectural Record iPad App

It's a digital world out there and we are excited to hear that one of our favorite resources for the latest on Architecture, Architectural Record is now available as an iPhone and iPad app. "Architectural Record's audience is digitally savvy and architects are using...

Don't Miss the 2010 AIA National Convention next month

The 2010 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Convention will take place in Miami on June 10-12.  According to AIA, “The 2010 Convention theme, Design for the New Decade, will highlight, for architects and for others, how design, knowledge, vision, and leadership are essential in making...

Cabaret No Strings Attached

If you didn’t catch the Cabaret, “No Strings Attached” last Wednesday night at the Depot Art Center you missed a great event! Steamboat Today wrote, "Cabaret cast member and writer Pamela Turner was leading a cast of golf-club-wielding dancers through a skit.  Mixing dance moves...

First Friday Artwalk in Steamboat Springs

Today, May 7th, is the First Friday Artwalk in downtown Steamboat Springs.  Below is a list of some of the venues who are participating tonight between the hours of 5pm to 8pm. Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat, 1009 Lincoln, 879-4744. The Artists' Gallery of Steamboat showing the works...

Can Elvis Save this City?

When one thinks of Las Vegas, modern Architecture tends to be far from the mind.  So why did a group of highly respected Architects think they could build a mega modern city and change the landscape of Las Vegas forever? The new Las Vegas CityCenter, an...

Super-Cool Product Launches out of Milan

It's always interesting reading up on the latest and greatest innovations coming out of the International Furniture, Salone del Mobile, in Milan, and this year is no exception. Take a look at some of the super-cool products that launched at the show earlier this month. From...

Solar Paneling on the White House?

A push is being made by a coalition of solar power companies led by Sungevity to permanently reinstall a solar panel system on the roof of the White House.  Sungevity is calling on the American people to sign a petition to convince President Obama that the...

Headline-Stealing Wallpaper

We love the ways sustainable design inspires creativity in completely unexpected and innovative ways. Case in point: The recycled newspaper wallpaper called "Newsday" by Weitzner that, quite literally, is stealing the headlines. Recently featured in the Los Angeles Times, the effect of Newsday is clever--"instantly...

Green Building Tours

This month, local volunteers from the Sierra Club and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are conducting public tours of green buildings across the country to highlight the local economic and environmental benefits of energy-efficient, high-performance green buildings as part of the national "Green Buildings...

This Week: Urban Land Institute Real Estate Summit

The ULI Real Estate Summit at the Spring Council Forum is going on right now in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center through Friday the 16th.  The summit will focus on the three overarching topics that are driving real estate today and that...

Eco-Luxe Travel

We've blogged about Environmental Travels before, but we're excited when local magazines get on board. This month, Mountain Living profiles a new generation of mountain resorts making it easy for travelers to stay green. Their "Insider's Guide to Eco-Luxe Travel," as featured in the March...

AIA Colorado in the News

Want to know more about AIA Colorado's Architecture Month? The Denver Post covers the exciting events, from a Pecha Kucha presentation to a collaboration with Colorado chefs called "Delicious Designs," this is an awesome opportunity for the entire state of Colorado to get to know...

Green by Design

We love it when shelter publications indulge us in some of green design’s more glamorous and gorgeous byproducts. As the editors of Kansas City Homes & Gardens wrote in a recent blog post,”wood is strong and durable, can be used inside and ...

April is Colorado Architecture Month

Want to learn everything there is to know about Architecture and Design? Well now is your chance.  The American Institute of Architects (AIA Colorado) is hosting Colorado Architecture Month in April!  Programs and seminars are scheduled throughout the month, click here for the complete...

New Projects

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The Importance of Sustainability in the Workplace

Why invest in creating healthy work environments through green buildings? The Dirt, a blog run by the American Society of Landscape Architects, reports. Answers are taken from the "For the Greener Good" lecture series organized by the National Building Museum. "A healthy workplace provides a...

The Architecture of an Architecture Office

What's the secret to designing a work space conducive to constant collaboration among fellow architects and conversations with clients? Such was the challenge for Vertical Arts as we began drafting plans for our own office in Steamboat Springs' Wildhorse Marketplace. The solution: "We wanted to...

The Steamboat Pilot on Rob Williams at K. Saari

In a post last week, we invited you to the opening of K. Saari's latest exhibit: New Work of Rob Williams, but we're not the only ones buzzing about it. Check out a great article on the new show by Margaret Hair in the Steamboat Pilot...

Our Work: The Olympian

Did you know that Steamboat Springs is home to more Olympians than any other town in the U.S.? The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club has sent more than 65 athletes to the Olympics, more than any other such club in the country. All of these stats--combined...

Boulder Ridge

Are you familiar with Vertical Arts' work at Boulder Ridge? This hidden sanctuary -- tucked away off of Fish Creek Falls Road -- boasts more than "seven acres of open space and a private hiking trail system" and is located less than two miles "from...

The Steamboat Look, Reimagined

How does Vertical Arts "bridge the gap between old and new in creative ways that take full advantage of the views and culture of Steamboat?" That's a question best answered by an article in Vail Daily titled "The Steamboat Look, Reimagined," in which one of...

10 Things you Should Know Before you Remodel

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles' March 2010 issue just hit the newsstands and their back-page article, "10 Things You Should Know Before You Remodel," is a must-read for anyone thinking of remodeling in the upcoming year.  Here are a few of our favorite things to keep in...

What is your favorite facet of architecture?

The results of our blog's first poll, "What is your favorite facet of architecture?" are in! It appears our readers believe both the interiors and the materials used are equally as important (each received the same amount of votes), followed closely by the flow of...

Behind-the-Scenes: Vertical Arts' Residential Projects

Working with progressive clients in idyllic surroundings has allowed Vertical Arts incredible opportunities to design residential home that are second to none. From small additions to residences of over 10,000-square-feet, we truly enjoy working with clients to design their dream home. What are some of the...

An Olympic Abode in Steamboat Magazine

In honor of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, we thought we'd take you on a tour of the home of former Olympic bronze medalist and two-time world champion Nelson Carmichael, courtesy of Steamboat Magazine. According to the article, it was after his retirement from freestyle skiing...

Fashion's Influence on Architecture?

"If you want to stay ahead of the trends and be ready for whatever fashion might throw your way, your best bet is to take a walk outside. Then, look up," according to an article in the Vancouver Sun. "Fashion and architecture are just two...

Architecture in Times of Need

In honor of the New Orleans Saints overcoming all odds to win the Super Bowl in their first appearance, we thought it appropriate to highlight one part-time Big Easy resident's quest to bring hope to the post-Katrina city in a different way--through architecture. Okay, we know...

Colorado Craftmanship

In their January-February 2010 issue, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles highlighted three Colorado craftsmen who are making in-roads on the local design scene in "Masters of the Craft." According to the article, each of the three furniture designers "possesses a distinctive knack for creating pieces that advance...

Mountain Modern

Have you seen the newest issue of Mountain Living? Their January/February "Mountain Modern" issue revealed a newer, cleaner design, as well as a great article about mountain-modern style. According to a style article, High Country Shopping, "Mountain-modern style is all about the mix: clean lines and...

K. Saari at Vertical Arts

As you read about in our post earlier this week, there's a new show at K. Saari Gallery in the lower level of our Vertical Arts office, with artist Laura Wait debuting her latest collection, "Litterarius". What you may not be aware of is that Kimberly...

Laura Wait Show at K. Saari Gallery inside Vertical Arts

In our new offices, Vertical Arts is thrilled to have an exhibition space on our lower level, where we highlight works from K. Saari Gallery. We like to think the gallery space is symbolic of the connection between art and architecture. This month, we are pleased...

Green-Tech Experts: 2010 a Banner Year for Energy Efficiency

Green-tech experts are predicting that 2010 will be a banner year for energy efficiency, and Vertical Arts couldn't be more on board. We've got you covered whether you're looking for a sustainable build-out or even LEED certification. According to a recent article in the San Jose...

Best Installation Contest Honorable Mention

In 3form's Best Installation Contest (2009), we were nominated for our use of the Varia Ecoresin and linea ochre in a commercial stairwell. Congratulations to the winner, Rio Hondo College's waterfall screen! Vertical Arts captured an honorable mention for the Iconic Use of 3form, as...

Rollingstone Village Gains Entitlement

After working on Rollingstone Village for over a year, Vertical Arts is proud to have gained entitlement on the project. A mixed use development just off South Lincoln Avenue in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Rollingstone Village is owned and being developed by Peter & Kim Kreissig...

2010 Color Forecast

From cedar-green to almost-brown-plum, our friends at Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine offer us a look at 2010's "it" colors in their January-February 2010 issue. According to a spokesperson for the Pantone Color Institute, color trends follow economic trends. Case in point: the company's "Resourceful" palette...

Architectural Trends, 2000 – 2009

"It was an era when architecture became hotter and hipper than ever, yet too often was treated as a three-dimensional marketing tool," writes John King, Urban Design Writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, taking stock of trends in architecture according to the last 10 years. As...

Mining Colorado’s Rich Salvage Sources

Looking to restore authenticity to your home, but can’t find the historically appropriate materials? Or perhaps you’re searching for sources of salvaged building materials here in Colorado—like the ones  frequented by A-list designers and architects? Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine encourages us to think globally...

NYT: A Few Triumphs Pierce the Clouds of a Bleak Time

Last week, the American Institute of Architecture released data that confirmed the fears of many U.S. architects and builders—that an indicator of future commercial construction, The Architecture Billings Index—had reached new lows. For folks not in the industry, it’s a sign that design activity has...

Highlights from Climate and Architecture at Copenhagen

We all know architecture has the power to provoke conversation and challenge perceptions, and in this new age of sustainability, we must constantly ask what implications architecture has on our environment. But what are the effects of the built environment in relation to the five senses?...

2009 Greenbuild Conference: By The Numbers

At the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Phoenix last month, attendees were treated not only presentations from the likes of Al Gore and Sheryl Crow, but also to discussion of some serious sustainable topics that are at the forefront of the minds of architects, designers...

Environmental Travels

At Vertical Arts, we take care with each and every project to make sure our footprints are ecologically sensitive and ask that you take a similar interest in the health of our planet by employing that same reverence for environmental stewardship to your travels this winter. Here...

Welcome To Our New Blog

We are thrilled to announce our innovative new online presence that will allow you to interact with us in brand new ways and also to keep abreast of the latest trends and developments. Much more than just a new website or blog, our new online presence...

Best Installation Contest 2009

Be sure to check out 3Form's 4th Annual People's Choice Best Installation Contest. Vertical Arts entered the Varia Ecoresin/ linea ochre stairwell for the Commercial category. Vote for us! ...