Colorado Architects Arch11 Design Luxury Sustainable Mountain Getaway that Syncs with Nature

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Award-winning architecture firm Arch11, with offices in Denver and Boulder, Colorado, has designed a compact, net-zero luxury home in the Rocky Mountains. Designed for a family looking for a light-on-the-land weekend getaway, the Lodgepole Retreat has recently been featured on a number of home design websites.

Arch11's sustainable, mountain getaway design uses concrete, glass and steel for durability and references the area's historical mining sheds (photo by Raul Garcia).

Arch11’s light-on-the-land design expresses the firm’s commitment to the environment.

Arch11, an award-winning Boulder-Denver architecture firm known for its heirloom homes, has recently garnered attention from ultra-luxury publications for its design of a striking, sustainable weekend getaway located near Allenspark, Colorado.

Known as the “Lodgepole Retreat,” the high-alpine, uber-energy-efficient “cabin” with floor-to-ceiling windows and lots of natural light was recently featured among Uncrate magazine’s best gear, apparel, automobiles and shelters in the world. Uncrate highlighted the home’s unmatched setting at 9,000 feet above sea level and undisrupted views from the living room, along with its ability to “combat the Colorado cold” using a combination of energy saving features including a rooftop photovoltaic system.

Dedicated to sustainable luxury, ELUXE magazine also showcased Arch11’s Lodgepole Retreat in an article entitled Net Gain: 5 Zero Energy Homes You'll Wish You Lived In. From fashion to travel, the magazine identifies brands “that demonstrate a strong commitment to good ethics and environmental sustainability.” ELUXE author Jody McCutcheon advocates that one of the most important ways of minimizing our eco-footprint is by living in zero-energy homes while praising the “beautiful design” of the five residences she describes.

Set among a 30-acre meadow and a grove of lodgepole pines, Arch11’s light-on-the-land design expresses the firm’s commitment to the environment. “We intensely investigate the site before we put pencil to paper,” explains Arch11 principal E.J. Meade who carefully considers microclimate, views, wind and sun paths at a project’s outset.

An online guide to the best green design ideas and inspiration, Inhabitat also recognized the Lodgepole Retreat for its ability to produce as much energy as it consumes, noting how the “modern abode effectively sloughs off the heavy snowfall with its angled roof plane that’s also topped with a 10-kilowatt photovoltaic system.” In addition to PVs, techniques and materials that contribute to the net-zero energy usage of the home include triple-paned glazing, water-efficient fixtures, a high-efficiency boiler, in-floor radiant heat and LED lighting throughout. Durable materials, including concrete and steel panels, also render the 2,200 square-foot three-bedroom weekend home fire resistant and nearly maintenance free.

Brazilian design magazine Revista Décor highlighted Arch11’s Lodgepole Retreat’s open plan and ability to create “the feeling of living in full contact with the surrounding.” The distinctive design provides the homeowners with both maximum exposure to the panoramic landscape and shelter from the fierce elements at this elevation. This stunning Arch11-designed home is an artful demonstration in crafting a sustainable dwelling that syncs with its surroundings.

About Arch11:
Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design, including a 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA North chapter. With offices in Boulder and Denver, Colo., Arch11 has over 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity. For additional information visit

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