Summit Powder Mountain

The winning entry

in the competition to design sustainable mountain cabin

a winning design by Srdan Nad

The full story about the project is posted below…

“A Slick Cabin Design For The Wilderness-Obsessed”

“Summit Powder Mountain cabin design winner shows “how to build responsibly at 8,400 ft”

“humbly complement the landscape specific to the mountain range”

“humbly complement the landscape specific to the mountain range”

“Lahkotna arhitektura sotora se ohrani in transformira v trajnejso obliko!”

Powder Mountain

The largest ski mountain in the country, with more than 7,000 acres and views for four states, Powder Mountain is an outdoor paradise. In the winter, deep fluffy powder blankets the mountain and in the summer elk, moose, porcupine and bobcat roam the aspen and pine forest.

When fully developed Summit Powder Mountain will consist of 500 sustainable, ski accessible, mountain cabins and a lively village center.

Design Ethos

The Summit community shares a philosophy of innovation, creativity, cultural enrichment, and environmental conservation. Preservation of the existing natural environment, which includes an elk reserve, natural waterways, and a thriving wildlife population, is one of the leading design principles. Homesites and Nests will be tucked in clusters of pine and aspen trees to maintain natural views for all community members, and The Village will be dense with living accommodations to allow for more open space in wildlife-sensitive areas. Each building design will meet recognized environmental standards, and energy conservation guidelines will be provided to incorporate cutting-edge sustainability systems and materials

All the images and text in this section courtesy of Summit Powder Mountain

The wooden Tents

The winning design by Srdan Nad

There is something poetic seeing a temporary settlement on Powder Mountain during Summit Series events made up from simple white tents. A tent is a basic structure, a thin cloth pitched to create a habitable space and offer basic protection from the weather. The whole architecture of the tent is integrated within that thin cloth and it gives the whole structure a lightness and unmistakable pure functional appeal.

Cabin + Tent

a new concept of a wooden tent defined by fireplace and
dynamic skin that defines a living space o the cabin

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…a typical American vernacular element, a stone chimney set on the side of the building…

The architecture of this proposal is based on a notion that a tent like feeling should be preserved while making a permanent habitable structure. To emphasize the lightness of the structure, a thin skin (1.5′ thick) made from cross laminated wooden prefabricated panels is being folded over several times to crate interior space of the cabin. The missing sides, leftovers from the folding process are covered by large glass walls. In contrary to the lightness of the folded skin, a typical American vernacular element, a stone chimney set on the side of the building, is being reinterpreted as a support for the whole structure that is lifted from the ground. On one side the cabin leans form a deck and on the other it is supported by the chimney. The monolith quality of the chimney and the deck give the cabin a sense of permanency that tents lack.

The concept allows for a multiple cabin sizes to be developed within the concept frame. From a simple one bedroom structure to a large three or four bedroom luxury cabins.

The resulting structure is reinterpretation of the traditional American frontier cabin and minimalistic structure of a tent. The “wooden tents” as one may call them serve as fully functional habitable structures, yet they don’t create an urban/suburban settlement on Powder Mountain, therefore the essence of the natural surrounding is preserved.

The concept allows for a multiple cabin sizes to be developed within the concept frame. From a simple one bedroom structure to a large three or four bedroom luxury cabins.

Even customizations are welcomed, from floor plan changes to a material choice for the facade. In all, the wish is to avoid a »cookie cutter« community yet preserve a singular concept throughout.

Sustainability is achieved on two fronts:

By design, cabins don’t require large earth excavations. All the supporting elements (a chimney and a deck) have small footprint and require minimal foundations.

The elevated structure suggests a notion of living in nature rather than creating your own piece of paradise. In this way a natural element are preserved. By technology, the cabin structure is made from cross laminated panels with fully integrated plumbing and electrical connections. On the structure itself a thick layer of insulation is installed and covered by various façade options. The heat pump and other technical machinery are housed within the “chimney” structure.

Large glass walls allow sun energy to enter the cabin and heat the interior. The glass walls are made from triple glazed glass panels to insure maximum insulation level. The rain water is collected on the sloping roof structure and stored in the tanks placed under the deck.
The intention is for cabins to be certified with European passive house standard and American LEED standard.

customizations are welcomed, from floor plan changes to a material choice for the facade. In all, the wish is to avoid a »cookie cutter« community yet preserve a singular concept throughout