Sitting 9,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, the Lodgepole Retreat is a modernized adaptation of the area's vintage mining structures. The contemporary cabin is clad in rusty corrugated metal sheets and is topped by a sloped single roof plane. Resting off the ground on a concrete pedestal, the elevated foundation raises the floor-to-ceiling glazing enough to create undisrupted views of the alpine setting for the open living area. To combat the Colorado cold, a photovoltaic system, electric boiler, and an air to air heat exchanger keep the home running at a net zero energy use.
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