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Utah's Powder Mountain Hosts Design Competition

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Powder Mountain, the Utah resort going through an incredibly earnest transformation, recently held a competition to design a cabin that blends into the setting of the Wasatch Range. The Mountain Architecture Prototype contest called for submission of a dwelling that took into account the 8,400-foot setting, used sustainable construction practices and clocked in at under 2,500-square-feet. Winning the competition was Srdan Nad with the concept of a wooden tent.

In addition to the permanent structures, Summit, the cadre of young, altruistic investors behind the resort, will sometimes erect tents to host some of the group's larger events. Nad's concept takes the form of the tents but incorporates the permanency and materials of a cabin.

Summit is planning a new village and 500 modestly-sized dwellings for Powder Mountain, down from the 10,000 units proposed by the former owners. The cabin-tent hybrids of Nad's design could be built in a smaller, open version or turned into larger three- and four-bedroom dwellings based on the same concept and construction.

The design proposes a skin of wooden prefabricated panels being folded over the structure with glass filling the ends left open. A chimney supports one side of the structure while a deck holds the other, lessening the impact. The idea is for the cabins to be built to passive house standards to make them as sustainable as possible.

What do you think Curbed Ski readers: Do these cabins meet the ideals of Powder Mountain's owners and what Wasatch living should be?


Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a typo. The previous owners of Powder Mountain had planned on developing 10,000 homes at the resort.

· MAP Design Competition [Official site]
· Powder Mountain Owners Want to Expand Resort, Change World [Curbed Ski]
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