The Lion Comes to Life in Vail
VAIL, CO What was once The Lionshead Inn during the 1970's is near the end of a major transformation and returning as The Lion. Part of the billion-dollar renewal to the town of Vail, Colorado, The Lion is 310,789 square feet of luxury residential units and underground parking - a gateway to Lionshead Village and nestled within the Vail Valley .
The project was developed years ago but was put on hold in 2006 due to slowing economic conditions. Now, six years later, The Lion is the largest project in Colorado's central mountains within the past decade. Overall there are 65 private residential units, seven of which are penthouses, one employee housing unit, three levels of underground parking, an indoor pool, and both an indoor and outdoor jacuzzi.
The exterior design captures a modern take on the Bavarian manor house with a stone base, natural wood trusses, and modern lines. OZ Architecture Principal Eduardo Illanes, coins the look as, "Alpine Modern" blending the mountain getaway with an urban-feel that is in synch with the surrounding Lionshead community. Materials such as copper, stucco, and natural cedar impart European styling and are reflective of forty years of Vail Traditions.
Large windows in each unit take advantage of the natural surroundings providing expansive views of the valley. Interior comforts are reflected in fine design details such as open floor plans and luxury materials. The residencies are clean and contemporary, with plenty of natural light and vaulted ceilings.
Only steps away from the gondola for premier ski-season access and near several hiking trails, fly-fishing, and tennis courts, The Lion is active year round. The long awaited project is mountain living at its finest, providing a mixture of spacious units that capture a niche market currently absent in Vail. With amenities that engage, restore, and enliven, The Lion is a true escape from the ordinary.
The Lion is expected to open early 2017.