Triangular house by Skylab provides sweeping Rocky Mountain views

Portland studio Skylab Architecture designed the triangular floor plan of this Colorado retreat to allow optimum views of the region’s mountainous landscape. Owl Creek Residence is located near the town of Snowmass, a popular destination for winter sports. The 4,200-square-foot (390-square-metre) home was built as a place for the client’s family and friends to gather.

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Renée del Gaudio creates pair of rustic cabins for rocky perch in Colorado

American studio Renée del Gaudio Architecture has created a nature retreat for a remote site with spectacular views, composed of two buildings clad in cedar and topped with gabled roofs. Located near the rural town of Fairplay, Colorado, the project called Big Cabin Little Cabin is set on a rocky perch at 10,000-foot elevation. The

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Charles Cunniffe spruces up treehouse in Aspen with local assistance

A dilapidated treehouse in Aspen has been rebuilt using vertical wooden slats and translucent panels by local firm Charles Cunniffe Architects, with plenty of help from the community. After years of weathering and disrepair, the two-storey timber viewing platform was revamped by Charles Cunniffe Architects (CCA), after the studio offered to redesign it as part

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Aspen retreat by CCY Architects overlooks dramatic mountainous scenery

American studio CCY Architects has created a spacious residence for a rugged site in the Rocky Mountains, which consists of timber-clad boxes linked by glazed bridges. Situated on a 2.5-acre (one-hectare) property on the edge of Aspen, the Maroon Creek Overlook is perched atop a grassy hill with a large creek at its base. The

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Studio B creates skinny backyard dwelling for landscape architect in Colorado

Long, narrow shotgun homes influenced the design of this backyard structure in Boulder by Studio B, which features a concrete base and an upper level wrapped in grey metal and glass. Called Space Pod – a nickname conceived by the neighbours – the building is located in a walkable, transitional district near Downtown Boulder, a town in

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Studio B creates rectangular brick home for historic Denver neighbourhood

Colorado architecture firm Studio B took cues from Denver’s old bungalow homes to create this low-slung residence faced with handmade brick, walnut panelling and large panes of glass. The Brick City House is located on a corner lot dotted with oak, willow and maple trees. It is situated within the city’s Sunnyside neighbourhood, an older district dominated

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Meridian 105’s Denver house features screens and shutters made of black wooden pallets

Screens made from black-painted wooden shipping pallets allow light to filter into this family house in Denver, Colorado, designed by local studio Meridian 105 Architecture. Meridian 105 Architecture designed Denver Pallet House for a family living in the Sloan’s Lake neighbourhood of the city. The architects chose the recycled wooden shipping pallets to clad the house

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Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s US Olympic Museum breaks ground

New York architecture studio Diller Scofidio + Renfro has released new images of its spiralling US Olympic Museum in Colorado Springs, as construction on the project officially starts. First unveiled in 2015, the 5,600-square-metre facility will be the only museum in the US dedicated to the legacy of the country’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. It will feature 1,900 square

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Studio B pairs weathering steel with red cedar for extension to remote Colorado school

Earthy materials and soft interior light define these new buildings that American firm Studio B created for a primary school situated in an American mountain valley. Aspen Community School is located in Woody Creek, a remote village situated northwest of Aspen, Colorado. The school occupies a 25-acre (10 hectare) site surrounded by trees and mountains. “The elevated

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Studio B wraps elevated Aspen home in zinc and glass

American firm Studio B faced challenging site conditions while conceiving this contemporary Colorado dwelling that sits atop a concrete plinth. The Zale Residence is situated on a sloped, angular property in the mountain town of Aspen. Located within walking distance to downtown, the home enjoys “ample sunshine and great views to Aspen Mountain”. The property faces

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Game On home in Aspen by Rowland + Broughton takes cues from historic neighbours

A lot in Aspen was divided in half to make way for this white, slender home by US studio Rowland + Broughton, which is meant to bring “a sense of clarity and elegance to a traditionally ornate Victorian form”. Called Game On, the dwelling is located in the Colorado mountain town’s historic West End neighbourhood.

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Rowland + Broughton nestles rectilinear Black Magic house into mountainous Colorado site

This metal-clad rural dwelling in the American West by Rowland + Broughton is designed to tread lightly on the earth and to provide expansive views of the landscape. Called Black Magic, the family home is located in Snowmass, Colorado, on a rugged site blanketed with native grasses and fir, oak and aspen trees. A gravel

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CCY Architects uses weathering steel and locally quarried stones for Colorado ranch

US firm CCY Architects has divided this low-slung Colorado home into private and public zones, encasing the former within weathering-steel boxes that define the property’s layout. Gambel Oaks Ranch is a three-bedroom residence that encompasses 5,687 square feet (528 square metres), nestled within the mountainous topography of Eagle County, Colorado. “The property is a working ranch with horses, chickens,

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Colorado architecture students clad micro cabins in sheets of hot-rolled steel

Students at the University of Colorado Denver have designed and built a series of rustic dwellings for a base camp operated by an outdoor education program. Called COBS Year-Round Micro Cabins, the project consists of seven insulated dwellings, each containing 200 square feet (19 square metres) of interior space and a 100-square-foot deck (nine square metres).

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Renovation planned for Gio Ponti’s only North American building

Machado Silvetti Architects and Fentress Architects have been hired to revitalise the Denver Art Museum, the only North American building by famed Italian designer Gio Ponti. Completed in 1971, the distinctive museum – dubbed the North Building – rises seven storeys and is regarded as one of the first high-rise art museums, according to the team.

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Dynia pairs wood with weathering steel for Colorado mountain residence

US firm Dynia Architects has completed a home in the mountain town of Boulder, Colorado, where the main living spaces are separated with thick partitions of Corten steel. Boulder Cabin is a longitudinal, single-storey volume perched upon a natural precipice. “The house has views to the metropolitan Denver valley to the east and the iconic Flatiron

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Studio B adds two separate volumes to Riverside House in Colorado

Colorado architects Studio B have extended a local waterfront home by adding a pair of buildings with different levels of privacy (+ slideshow). Riverside House is located in the remote town of Woody Creek, Colorado, and takes its name from a trout-fishing river that it faces. The original home is a low volume with public spaces More

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Five of the best houses in Colorado on Dezeen

This roundup of homes in Colorado is next up in our series celebrating residential architecture across the US, and includes a renovated chalet in Aspen and a cluster of rugged cabins built by graduate students (+ slideshow). Outward Bound cabins by University of Colorado graduate students Architecture students from the University of Colorado Denver have built a More

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Arch 11 completes Rocky Mountain home atop a concrete plinth

Colorado architecture firm Arch11 has raised a single-family residence on a concrete plinth to provide unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains (+ slideshow). Named Lodgepole Retreat, the chalet sits 9,000 feet (2,745 metres) above sea level. The residence serves as a weekend getaway for a local family. A small stone cabin previously occupied the site, More

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Renée del Gaudio builds Colorado home on land devastated by forest fire

A devastating forest fire cleared the land that this weathering steel-clad house by Colorado architect Renée del Gaudio was built on (+ slideshow). The property – known as Sunshine Canyon House – is located near the city of Boulder on a 4.5-acre (1.82 hectares) site. Previously, the area was densely wooded, but the landscape was More

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Oppenheim Architecture celebrates imperfections of La Muna chalet in Aspen during renovation

This rustic residence in Aspen has been renovated by Miami-based Oppenheim Architecture in line with the Japanese principle of wabi-sabi, which acknowledges imperfection as beauty (+ slideshow). The 3,500-square-foot La Muna chalet was one of the first homes built in the exclusive Red Mountain enclave of the Colorado ski resort. After three decades of alterations More

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Oblique glass pyramid thrusts skyward from SOM’s leadership centre at US military campus

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has completed a new building on the grounds of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado, featuring a glass skylight resembling the tail-fin of a jet that points towards the North Star (+ slideshow). The Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD) is situated on the historic campus of the US Air Force Academy, More

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Colorado architecture students design rugged micro cabins for Outward Bound

Architecture students from at the University of Colorado Denver have built a series of rustic dwellings for an outdoor education school in the Rocky Mountains (+ slideshow). Participating in a design-build programme, the students designed the cabins for the Colorado Outward Bound School – one of 40 schools around the globe run by Outward Bound, the nonprofit outdoor education organisation More

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Will Bruder clads a mountain home in Aspen with charred cypress

This family dwelling in the Colorado mountains by Will Bruder Architects features an exterior made of burnt wood and a roof sheathed in copper (+ slideshow). Encompassing 5,830 square feet (541 square metres), Blackbird House is located three blocks away from the main ski lift in downtown Aspen. It is situated on a 850-square-metre property in […]

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Cloud-shaped campsite designed to float among the trees of a Colorado valley

Tasked with designing a Colorado campsite with unique views, architect Kevin Hirth produced these dreamlike illustrations depicting a cloud-shaped viewing platform floating amongst the trees. The client – described by Denver-based Kevin Hirth as eccentric – requested a design that would provide overnight guests with an unprecedented vantage point over her extensive property, which is located […]

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