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Community Library Receives Modern Makeover With Lumiflon FEVE Resin

Pitkin County Library Aspen Colorado Snowdon and Hopkins Architects Lumiflon FEVE Resin Pure Freeform

Though the Pitkin County Library in Aspen, Colorado was originally completed in 1991, developers had anticipated a possible expansion in the future. In 2008, the Pitkin County Library Board of Trustees and the Pitkin County Commissioners began their plans to renovate and expand the library.

Hopkins Architects were brought on board to take up the task of renovating the current library and designing its 10,000 square-foot expansion. Hopkins was introduced to the project, replacing another architecture firm that had worked on the library for four years.

Architects sought to capture “the human aspect of the project,” and designed a library that sported a façade that seamlessly blended in with the mountainous Colorado backdrop. Construction began in February 2015, and despite the fact that the Pitkin County Library Board initially felt uneasy about certain design aspects of the project, they eventually concluded that the designers were able to perfectly capture the aesthetic they were looking for. Additionally, the board praised the team because “more progress was made in one month than in four years of working with the other architect.”

Pitkin County Library Aspen Colorado Snowdon and Hopkins Architects Lumiflon FEVE Resin Pure Freeform

The final product is a stunning building that enhances the beauty of the surrounding nature. The library’s distinctive Lumiflon-enriched aluminum façade, which was fabricated by Pure Freeform, features hints of gold and copper to “generate reflection of warmth.”

Pitkin County Library Aspen Colorado Snowdon and Hopkins Architects Lumiflon FEVE Resin Pure Freeform

Surfaces treated with Lumiflon FEVE resin offer a plethora of benefits, which range from hyper durability and extraordinary weatherability to unparalleled color and gloss retention capabilities. FEVE-based coatings are most ideal for buildings that experience high amounts of exposure, as the constant contact with water, salt, and UV radiation can lead to coating degradation.

Photos courtesy of Pure Freeform

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