The simple form of this rocky mountain net-zero retreat is a modern response to mt. Meeker views, local weather realities, and utilitarian mining structures of the area.
The site is a glacial moraine and alpine meadow at the base of a majestic 13,000-foot mountain peak in the adjoining national park. The house is sited to take advantage of peak views and solar orientation, connecting its occupants to commanding views of the elk-filled meadow. The bold, single plane shed roof efficiently manages the snowfall at 9000’ above sea level while serving as a platform for the 10kw photovoltaic system. The PV system works in concert with an electric boiler, an air-to-air heat exchanger, and LED lighting, to achieve net-zero energy use each year. Materials are anti-domestic: concrete, rusting steel, and galvanized steel. The open-plan, glass-enclosed great room offers framed views of the alpine setting which provides a sense of living in the out-of-doors, while enjoying high-end interiors.All construction assemblies and materials are selected or designed to meet the strictest fire-resistant codes.
2013 AIA Colorado North Chapter People's Choice Award