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A sleek yet rugged home rises from the ashes in Colorado

It follows in the tradition of the state’s vernacular architecture

How do you build on a plot of land that has been ravaged by wildfire, and whose landscape has been significantly altered? For Colorado-based architect Renée del Gaudio, that meant going back to the turn of the century when Boulder was barren and understanding the architecture of that era.

Set on stilts on a sloping hill on four-and-a-half acres of land, the home, called Sunshine Canyon House, was built in the style of Colorado’s vernacular architecture. It comprises two volumes—a simple gabled roof structure and a rectangular block sitting below it—with private quarters on the lower level and the kitchen, dining, and living areas making up the long upper structure. This communal space looks out onto gorgeous vistas thanks to an entirely glazed wall.

A staircase connects the two floors, while the roof of the first functions as an expansive terrace accessed by sliding glass doors. Ample windows are placed throughout the rustic home, many of which can be covered by rolling barn-style doors. The exterior is clad in corrugated weathering steel, and inside the simple interior, exposed-beam ceiling and wooden floors and built-ins nod to the state’s connection to the outdoors. Head to Dezeen for more.