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Design a sustainable alpine cabin in the Summit Powder Mountain Design CompetitionOctober 9th, 2015

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Heads up mountain-loving designers—Utah’s Summit Pounder Mountain community is looking for sustainable cabin proposals in their Summit Powder Mountain Design Competition. Open to architects, students, engineers, and builders from around the world, the competition seeks an environmentally friendly cabin design in the Wasatch Range at 8,400 feet above sea level. The winner will be invited to attend Summit at Sea, the next big Summit gathering on a Caribbean cruise to present his or her winning design. The winning proposal will guide the direction of Powder Mountain’s architecture and influence the development of over 500 single-family homes. The registration deadline is October 9 and the submission deadline is October 16.

October 9th, 2015

October 16th, 2015



1st Prize: Summit at Sea Experience, Date Nov. 13th-15th, 2015 2nd Prize: Summit Series Weekend, Winter 2016 3rd Prize: Summit Series Weekend, Winter 2016


We are looking for design submissions for a maximum size structure of 2,500 sq ft., on Summit Powder Mountain. The cabin will be located on a typical 12 degree sloped site (see supplemental material) and must be respectful to the alpine environment which is specific to its location. One will have to envision how this design will engage within a grouping of other dwellings, retain views, and keep utmost respect to the site and geographic region that these cabins will occupy. Sustainability is of utmost priority, and the use of natural materials, and humble expression is encouraged for this prototype.


The jury panel is led by the award winning Todd Saunders of Saunders Architecture (Norway) and Jenny Wu from Oyler Wu Collaborative (LA).