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A Profile of the Aspen Institute Doerr-Hosier Center

February 24, 2016  • Mary Catherine Bitter, Guest Blogger

A structure on our Aspen Meadows campus was the recent focus of an architectural documentary. The brief video features Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson.

Visitors to the Aspen Institute Aspen Meadows campus in Colorado will recognize the Doerr-Hosier Center as a noteworthy, welcome departure from the typical conference and meeting space. Completed in 2007, the LEED-certified structure is perhaps best defined by its coexistence with the landscape and nature of Aspen as a method of inspiring and facilitating conversation.

“From the moment you enter this building, you are aware of your connection to the ground, to the surrounding environment, and to the sky,” commented Jeffrey Berkus, principal architect on the project, in a recent documentary commissioned by Jeffrey Berkus Architects. “There are some pretty intense conversations and topics that are dealt with within this building and within this campus. Nature has a magical way of…allowing [people] to open themselves to an awareness where there’s a greater connection to each other and to the environment.”

Featuring a free flowing floor plan, day lighting, and works of art such as sculptor Andy Goldsworthy’s “Stone River,” a sandstone wall that winds within the interior and exterior of the space, the Doerr-Hosier Center builds upon the original work of Bauhaus-trained architect Herbert Bayer and Frank Lloyd Wright protégé Fritz Benedict. To learn more about the Center’s architecture, interior design, and art, watch the video above.