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Steel-clad Micro Cabins are built to last

by • April 12, 2016 • No Comments

A group of architecture students of the Colorado Building Workshop not long ago created 14 handsome tiny cabins near Leadville, Colorado. The prefabricated dwellings contribute bare-bones accommodation for visitors to an outward bound center.

  • Architectural drawing of the micro-cabins
  • Architectural drawing of the micro-cabins
  • Architectural drawing of the micro-cabins
  • Architectural drawing of the micro-cabins

The Colorado Outward Bound Micro Cabins, as they are dubbed, are located on a steep hill inside a Lodgepole Pine forest and assist as dormitories for visitors to the Colorado Outward Bound School. To ensure swift on-site construction, they were prefabricated in Denver preceding being shipped to location and assembled inside three weeks.

Each cabin sits atop concrete piles and is surrounded by a frame which contributes a semi-outdoor space for storing gear such as bikes and kayaks. In addition, the frame sports a secondary roof which’s created to endure heavy winter snow loads. The cabins are clad in hot-rolled steel and meant to need little maintenance.

Inside, the cabins measure 140 to 200 sq ft (13 to 18 sq m) and are finished in birch plywood. The layouts alter, but include storage space units, pull-down beds and under-storage space. There’s no toilet or cooking facilities yet, and guests must manufacture use of a nearby bathhouse.

A Colorado Building Workshop representative told Gizmag which the long-term plan is to create seven additional cabins (construction on these is already ongoing). In addition, a new staff lodge with bathrooms, laundry, dining hall and communal space can be created by a local architecture firm. The entire project is expected to be accomplished inside two years.

Source: Colorado Building Workshop via Arch Daily

  • Architectural drawing of the micro-cabins
  • Architectural drawing of the micro-cabins
  • Sat on piles, the prefabricated cabins are built to need very little maintenance
  • Covered outdoor areas contribute space for sheltering bikes, kayaks, and other gear

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