steel maintenance


Wood and steel cabins designed by architecture students at the University of Colorado Denver. Created for a school run by Outward Bound, a nonprofit that uses outdoor experiences to teach leadership skills and boost self-esteem, 14 cabins provide more than just shelter. They are sustainable micro-dormitories devised to connect students with nature, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Each cabin was built on an elevated platform to reduce its environmental impact, with a corrugated metal snow roof to protect the boxy structure from the elements. The wood-and-steel construction means minimal maintenance will be needed to keep up their pristine condition. The cabins measure between 140 and 200 square feet, and were all constructed on-site in just three weeks.