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The ML List: Top Mountain Architects of 2022



We are proud to announce that Z-Group Architects made the 2022 ML List, complied by the editors of Mountain Living Magazine! The list includes firms from the Aspen/Basalt/Carbondale/Glenwood Springs/Snowmass areas, Boulder/Louisville, Breckenridge/Copper/Frisco/Keystone, Crested Butte, Denver Area, Evergreen, Durango, Golden, Kremlin, Steamboat Springs/Hayden, Telluride/Pagosa Springs, Winter Park/Granby and the Vail/Beaver Creek/Avon/Edwards/Eagle areas in Colorado. There are also firms listed from Idaho, Montana, Nevada/California, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, California, and Minnesota.


Architects in these mountain territories have worked hard to become leaders in their profession and here at Z-Group it is no different. With 70 years of experience and hundreds of projects under our belt, we have been featured in multiple publications, including Mountain Living Magazine. Click the image below to read about our Elysium project in their Nov./Dec. 2019 Issue.


With a finger on the pulse of environmental, and sustainable design initiatives, we have harnessed the power of creativity, functionality and cost effectiveness in our architecture. Our process re-envisions space and place by including natural and local materials, an understand of the relationship between nature and architecture, and an intimate comprehension of how people interact within an environment. Our Elysium project is a perfect example of that, here is a snippet of the Nov./Dec. 2019 Mountain Living article, focusing on how Z-Group President, Seth Hmielowski, created an eco conscious design:


"No amount of huffing and puffing will blow down the substantial granite, limestone and glass Aspen mountain home designed by architect Seth Hmielowski. But after a hard day of skiing no one wants to return to a place that even when the heat is on reads as cold. Hmielowski took these steps to ensure the ambient temperature stays up even when the snow falls. MIX IT UP Multiple colors and a rough texture take the edge off otherwise cold granite. WOODWORKS Wood overhangs outside continue on the ceilings inside, providing a warm contrast to the stone walls. TOASTY TOES “Concrete is a cold surface for floors, but with radiant heat they feel great on bare feet all winter,” Hmielowski says. LIGHT IT UP Come nightfall, windows go dark and the temperature drops. Up lighting and down lighting cast a glow on the textured granite, highlighting its nuances, while warming the cool gray limestone."


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