Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Organic Aspen Playboy Real Estate


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How do you get from Playboy to the Organic Architecture Movement? It goes like this: PLAYBOY – THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR ON E! – BARBI BENTON IN ASPEN – BART PRINCE. Only four quick steps! I admit it. I was watching The Girls Next Door on E! yesterday. Hef and his harem went to visit Barbi Benton in her humble abode in Aspen. Holy. Moly. Known as The Copper Palace (and locally as “the double double-wide”; Benton’s husband is a trailer park developer), the house consists of five pods connected by stairways. There are side-by-side lap pools, as Benton and her husband could not agree on a temperature. This is the most normal thing in the entire spread. Wavy walls are coated in stones and other objects, the bed sits upon a rotating platform, there’s a fireplace surrounded by a kiva, the dining table once belonged to Andrew Carnegie, there’s a large disco, complete with, as Bridget put it, “weird, crystal stalagmite type things coming up.” The home itself hovers over the ground and has a mere 25,000 square feet of living space. Interested? It can be yours for the low-low price of $25 million dollars. This sale price, surprisingly enough (no sarcasm intended), would set a record for Aspen if it is met.

The Girls Next Door: Kickin’ It Aspen is on about a million more times this week on E! The episode is basically a half-hour house tour of the house, which, hmmm, seems to coincide perfectly with the house being on the market. Trust me, it’s worth watching.

The home was designed by Bart Prince, who formerly collaborated with Bruce Goff during the heydey of Organic Architecture. If you want to see some amazing examples of The Other Modernism, you MUST visit his website right now.

Here is one more peek at some Bart Prince work. He deserves a few posts of his own, where he’s in the company of Goff, Lautner, Fay Jones and Fallingwater Frank instead of Bridget, Kendra and Holly. Perhaps another day!

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Bart Prince Albequerque photo by Steven St. John for the Chicago Tribune. I highly recommend following that link and seeing the rest of Mr. St. John’s Prince photos.

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Hi, I'm Becky. I live in Atlanta. Besides acting as the Editorial Director here on Hatch, you can find me talking design over at Houzz. Make me happy — leave a comment!

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  1. Barchbo says:

    December 31st, 2008 at 8:06 am (#)

    I think they filmed some scenes from ASPEN EXTREME in that house (she said with deep embarrassment.) Amazing. I may tune in just for that! Thanks!

  2. becky says:

    December 31st, 2008 at 9:15 am (#)

    Barchbo, I’ve seen that movie a bunch of times, b/c I thought the main character who could not act was really really hot! Hey Peter Berg and Teri Polo are probably more embarrassed than we are about that movie!

    Good call; I thought it looked familiar!


  3. Barchbo says:

    January 1st, 2009 at 6:33 pm (#)

    He was totally hot. Smoking hot.

  4. Becky says:

    January 1st, 2009 at 8:11 pm (#)

    I know, right? I need to imdb him. If he’s still half-way hot, he’s probably doing Lifetime movies now!

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  6. Lake of the Ozarks Real Estate says:

    June 7th, 2010 at 12:31 pm (#)

    What an incredible place. Thanks for sharing this with us, it would be fun to walk through this one.

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