Fairmont Breckenridge

Featured Project


Breckenridge, Colorado

98 for-sale hotel suites/residential condominiums

On-site hotel operations and concierge; restaurant, bar and deli/cafe; skiers lounge; fitness center, aquatic program

Shock Hill neighborhood

274,000 GSF

Design & Documentation completed in 2009

Breckenridge Resort Rendering -Craine


Site Planning



Client: Mesa Homes Development

Civil Engineer: SA Miro

Structural Engineer: SA Miro

MEP Engineer: Hadji & Associates

Landscape Architect: Design Workshop

Interior Designer: 555 International

Design Challenge

Presented with an unparalleled site worthy of equally unparalleled design, the design team was tasked with crafting a project providing luxurious condominiums and hotel suites, amenities, and services to a sophisticated clientele while being sensitive to the pristine natural mountain landscape.

Accomplishments & Design Solution

Two buildings, arranged to take advantage of the unparalleled views and natural environment, define the spatial corridor occupied by the Breck Connect Shock Hill Gondola Station. The buildings are in harmony with the forms, textures, and colors of the mountain wilderness with an underlying elegance appropriate for a world-class resort. Elegant massing and the use of indigenous materials such as hewn logs, timbers, and stone, allow the buildings to blend into their environment. Interior and exterior spaces capture the essence of their natural surroundings and exude authentic Rocky Mountain luxury. The spaces present a rustic feel with notched and joined massive timber, forged iron, and stonework, complemented by more contemporary materials of steel and glass. Elegantly detailed connections between materials contribute to the overall air of sophistication.

Snowfall on Breck Resort designed by Craine Architecture

Colors such as chestnut, brown, and chocolate with rust and green pull in the natural tones of the mountain landscape. Appropriately scaled furniture, fixtures, and accessories, constructed of compatible materials, are used throughout the interiors to establish scale at various public spaces. Every design detail evokes the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

The Great Room, in typical grand lodge scale, boasts a massive stone fireplace—capturing the essence and warmth of the mountain resort destination. Fireplaces are strategically located throughout common areas and most residences.

Consistent with the Rocky Mountain outdoor lifestyle, and taking advantage of the spectacular views, all residences will have private outdoor balconies and terraces.