Boulder’s reputation as an environmental leader is upheld in this eco-friendly home overlooking views of the metropolitan Denver valley. Jackson-based firm Dynia Architects completed Boulder Cabin, a contemporary home with an emphasis on sustainability. Clad in weathering steel and lined with timber, the modern cabin sits lightly on the land to minimize site impact.



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Winner of a 2011 AIA Wyoming Merit Award, the 2,500-square-foot Boulder Cabin is modern and minimalist to match the “disciplined lifestyle of the owners.” The site-specific design is optimized for solar and panoramic views. To the east, clerestory windows let in early morning light, while the west facade is punctuated with nearly full-height windows to frame the best views of the iconic Flatiron peaks. The roof extends over the west wall to protect against solar heat gain and glare. The home opens up on the south side to a shaded outdoor terrace.

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To minimize site impact, the Boulder cabin was built with a size well below the allowable area. Any landscape that was disturbed during excavation and construction was quickly revegetated. The limited materials palette of timber, concrete, and weathered steel cladding minimize material waste and help the home blend in with its surroundings.

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Boulder Cabin by Dynia Architects, contemporary boulder cabin, cabin with views of Flatiron, cabin with minimal site impact, minimize energy use cabin, weathered steel cladding, site specific cabin design, modern cabin design, contemporary timber cabin, steel clad cabin

Boulder Cabin by Dynia Architects, contemporary boulder cabin, cabin with views of Flatiron, cabin with minimal site impact, minimize energy use cabin, weathered steel cladding, site specific cabin design, modern cabin design, contemporary timber cabin, steel clad cabin

Boulder Cabin by Dynia Architects, contemporary boulder cabin, cabin with views of Flatiron, cabin with minimal site impact, minimize energy use cabin, weathered steel cladding, site specific cabin design, modern cabin design, contemporary timber cabin, steel clad cabin