The Goldener Hirsch Inn, a slope-side family-owned boutique hotel at Deer Valley, is synonymous with old-world luxury. It is a local favorite for those who want to splurge for some special moments or a memorable celebration. The hotel has been limited to just 20 rooms, but now a contemporary expansion provides for a condominium living experience with 40 new homes. A sky bridge connects the two to easily enjoy the amenities of each. Architects for the contemporary design are Olson Kundig, Seattle, and Think Architects, Salt Lake City. Okland Construction built the project, and TAL Studio of Las Vegas completed the interiors.
In this view, you can see the bridge on the left connecting to the original Goldener Hirsch Inn and another to the right connecting elements and spanning a courtyard. Thin metal cantilevers and shelters the entry, and looking above and to the top of the building, you can see the aqua tones of the glass spa tub.
From the top floor, the glass spa tub is on the left and the pool on the right. All share views into the ski runs of the Deer Valley Resort.
Double heavy red pivot doors at the entry keep cold breezes from chilling the lobby space that is nevertheless warmed by a broad fireplace.
A large library lounge is just off the lobby with its own fireplace set in a marble wall. To the left is another lounge space that can be closed off for privacy by drapes.
The fireplace of this smaller lounge is double-sided; the other side appeared in the photo of the of the entrance.
A broad stairway with floating wooden treads leads to a café, more gathering space, and the sky bridge to the original hotel and dining.
Along this hallway with herringbone floors are ski lockers.
The condominiums feature an open plan, ample windows for enjoying the mountain views, a full kitchen, and multiple bedrooms.
I close with another side of the building’s exterior.
Making exterior photos involves a great deal of waiting—the right light, a car blocking the view to the building that will hopefully leave its parking place, and for people who don’t choose to be in the photos, time to move on. This provides an opportunity to really look closely at a project. It was only by making these photos and the waiting involved that I could appreciate how the forms of the contemporary expansion echo the forms of the original European style inn, named after a hotel in Salzburg, Austria.
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