In a town as creative as Boulder, it’s no wonder that stunning and unique architecture is in ample supply. Strolling through the streets of downtown, you’ll come across fascinating, modern homes, many incorporating influences from the 1930s through the 1970s. But who constructs and designs these incredible works of art? Read on to learn more about some of Boulder’s most influential architects and artists and the fantastic work they’ve been doing.
This noted local artist calls the Swoon Art House home. Located at 4295 Broadway in North Boulder, the round-roofed building also serves as Rebecca DiDomenico’s art gallery and studio; she does most of her creating here. With sleek interior details and featuring local materials like wood from recycled train cars, the house is an artistic piece in its own right.
2. Steven Perce
The founder of Boulder’s noted architectural firm Bldg.Collective, licensed architect Steven Perce received his degree in Environmental Design and Architecture from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Today, he is noted for his focus on clients’ architectural preferences, working diligently to bring their visions to life; his work has been featured on Denver ABC News 7, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles, 5280 Home, and Session Kitchen. Some incredible residential work was completed by Bldg.Collective includes the Trailhead Residence, a stunningly modern private residence at the base of Mt. Sanitas featuring grain wood siding and elongated charcoal brick, dotted with a pattern of windows.
3. Anne Gifford
Fine artist Anne Gifford is a Boulder fixture, perhaps best known for her poster art for the annual Bolder Boulder 10k race during Memorial Day weekend. From her Boulder studio, Anne creates stunning watercolor pieces that would look fantastic in your home. She draws inspiration from Colorado’s natural beauty, hiking through the mountains and canyons to develop her whimsical artistic vision; many of her paintings feature the rocks, water, and wildlife of Boulder County.
If you’re seeking contemporary landscape paintings to adorn your home, Danielle Lanslots’ work will be right up your alley. Influenced by the quiet beauty of the American Southwest, this Boulder native creates work with a moody, dreamlike, and poetic quality. Danielle collects earthy pigments from the southwest, blending them into evocative watercolors and oils. Her paintings feature textured brushstrokes that blur the line between the real and abstract, the perfect final touch to decorating your Boulder living space.
Boulder-based architect Dominique Gettliffe founded Gettliffe Architecture in 1999, bringing a wealth of experience gained by studying at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Since then, his firm has received accolades from the Colorado Green Building Guild and received the ASID Crystal Award for New Construction; his stunning work has been featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyle Magazine, Modern in Denver Dwell. Above all else, Dominique is interested in creating spaces that promote “dynamic communities,” focusing on humanitarian architectural projects and ecotourism. Some of Gettliffe Architecture’s finest work includes Scotch Pine, a gloriously modern residence that looks out toward the Front Range, and Sugarloaf Outcrop, a sleek yet simple home tucked away in the mountains featuring floor to ceiling windows. Built to emulate the look of a rock outcropping, Sugarloaf Outcrop features roof overhangs that are built to keep out the blazing sun while using insulated and exposed concrete floors as thermal mass during the winter heating up the cozy home.
Noted for her elegant and stylish designs, Laura Schaeffer founded her architectural firm in 2014 after studying Environmental Design at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and Architecture at the University of Colorado, Denver. A LEED accredited professional, Laura’s firm has been awarded the City of Boulder Historic Preservation Award and had their work featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles. One of her most notable designs can be viewed on Pine Street, tucked away in the picturesque neighborhood of Mapleton Hill. A modern home with gorgeous Victorian influences, this residence features a spacious front porch, traditional brick interiors accented by classic white cabinetry, and a patio in the backyard that’s perfect for entertaining. Laura is skilled at working with clients from all walks of life to create their perfect Boulder home.