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Aspen Art Museum

Shigeru Ban Architects

America settentrionale | Aspen

As with East Hampton or St. Barth’s, the very word “Aspen” conjures up, in the North American mind, images of recreation and celebrity, of natural beauty together with conspicuous consumption. Aspen started out as a mining settlement, flourishing with fancy hotels and even a miniature opera house before silver prices collapsed in the 1890s. It was resurrected in the aftermath of WWII as both a ski resort and a venue for culture and intellectual exchange; Davos, if you like, without the sanatoria. Now Shigeru Ban has taken the modest Aspen Art Museum and rehoused it in the town center, close to such high-end boutiques as Gucci, Prada and Burberry. Ban’s building is a welcome addition to a characterful Western town that has morphed into a luxurious retail compound. The new museum dares to open itself up to the public and to its breathtaking natural setting.

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