These seven rustic cabins designed and built by students at the University of Colorado Denver function as base camp for a non-profit focused on wilderness education. Clad in hot-rolled steel, the COBS Year-Round Micro Cabins blend with the surrounding pine forest and remain comfortable even in extremely cold weather.
The structures were built by 28 students as part of a design-build program called the Colorado Building Workshop. Organized by the architecture school at the University of Colorado Denver, the workshop produced 14 similar structures in 2015.
The cabins, each offering around 200 square feet of interior space and 100 square feet of deck, are elevated and supported by metal columns with concrete footings. Sheets of hot-rolled steel, which form low-maintenance rainscreens, envelop structurally insulated panels (SIPs) used for the walls and flat roofs, providing a high degree of thermal insulation.
Birch plywood line the interior walls to create a warm, cozy atmosphere. All the electrical appliances, including lighting, heating and refrigerators within each structure are powered by a single electrical circuit.
Photos by Jesse Kuroiwa