Colorado Cool: 7 Mile-High Modern Spaces

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November 22, 2013
Amidst the epic national parks and famous ski-resorts, modern architecture abounds in the Centennial state.
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  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.  
    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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  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.   Photo by: Bjorn Wallander
    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.
     

    Photo by: Bjorn Wallander

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  A Colorado couple revamped their freeway-facing lot with simple design and sustainable features.   Photo by: Ron Pollard

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

    Photo by: Ron Pollard

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  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.   Photo by: Dave Lauridsen
    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.
     

    Photo by: Dave Lauridsen

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  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.

    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.

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  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.

    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.

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  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.   Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    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.
     

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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