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November 22, 2013
Amidst the epic national parks and famous ski-resorts, modern architecture abounds in the Centennial state.
Solar energy house in Denver’s Highland neighborhood
The Damianos’ house, located in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, runs completely on solar energy. When the couple approached Mike Moore, general contractor and design principal of the Boulder-based firm Tres Birds Workshop, sustainability topped their list of requirements. “The premise was to build a house that would last 400 years,” says John Damiano. 
 
Originally appeared in Denver's Energy Efficient Home
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Modern carport in Winter Park, Colorado
Architect Michael Johnson’s answer to having little buildable land to work with in his design of Ruth Hiller’s Winter Park, Colorado, house was to elevate and cantilever the kitchen, living, and dining space over the carport, nearly doubling the home’s living area.
 
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Originally appeared in Ski Lift
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The indoor pond maintains a flora-filled interior even when it's snowing outside.

A Colorado couple revamped their freeway-facing lot with simple design and sustainable features. 

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Originally appeared in Roadside Attraction
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In the kitchen, a window over the stovetop lets daylight in, framing the front yard while keeping the neighboring house out of the picture.
Architect Rob Pyatt's box-shaped addition is the modern kid on the block, with distinctive corrugated-metal and wide-plank cladding. Behind the facade, uncommon materials share a common story with the neighborhood: Of design decisions driven by a desire to keep the next generation—and the planet—healthy and safe.
 
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<p>Just as Moore tried to blur the line between old and new, he also worked to connect the inside and outside. Whereas most garage doors retract to the interior of the structure, here, the door opens out over the deck. There, it creates a roof over the pa

Tres Birds Workshop design principal Mike Moore likes making people think. For the renovation of an over 80-year-old home in Boulder, Colorado, where his firm is located, he mixed modern and vintage, indoors and out, to keep the residents, and their guests, on their toes.

Originally appeared in Modern Vintage: 2241 House
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For those cold Colorado Winters, Sommerfield and Pyatt replaced some of the original windows and doors to minimize heat loss.

Despite a fierce loyalty and appreciation among certain diehard devotees, midcentury modern architecture seems to be slowly disappearing. So it's always a pleasure for us to see a thoughtfully executed renovation of a home from this high point of design history. The Pinon House in Boulder, Colorado, is one such example.

Originally appeared in Pinon House
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A view of Denver’s downtown cityscape from the surrounding central area.
Denver, Colorado, is on a Rocky Mountain high of art and architecture with museums by Daniel Libeskind and David Adjaye. Check out our list of modern architecture hot spots in Denver.
 
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Originally appeared in High Design in Denver
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Solar energy house in Denver’s Highland neighborhood
The Damianos’ house, located in Denver’s Highland neighborhood, runs completely on solar energy. When the couple approached Mike Moore, general contractor and design principal of the Boulder-based firm Tres Birds Workshop, sustainability topped their list of requirements. “The premise was to build a house that would last 400 years,” says John Damiano. 
 

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