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Modern house appears to float above the hillside with amazing Sunshine Canyon views

modern hillside home exterior

Hacker Architects has designed this spectacular modern house that cantilevers off the hillside, situated at 7,300 feet, high above the city of Boulder, Colorado. The ‘Sunshine Canyon Residence’ accentuates its dramatic site by juxtaposing a simple form with the steep contours of a landscape scarred by wildfire.

The house floats above the harsh terrain to provide spectacular views of Sunshine Canyon to the south, Sugarloaf Mountain to the west, and the Flatirons to the east. The clients lost their home in the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010. The same fire scorched this site, which they selected to start again with a new approach to living in the mountains.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECTURE & INTERIORS Hacker Architects CONTRACTOR Cornerstone Homes STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING Ascent Group SUSTAINABLE DESIGN CONSULTANT Populus Sustainable Design

modern hillside home exterior

They wanted a modern home capable of withstanding another wildfire, inspired by the materials of nearby historic mining infrastructure, and able to harvest the abundant sunlight at the site.

modern hillside home exterior

The resulting 2,200-square-foot, two-bedroom, two-bathroom home does that and more. Appearing to hover above the hillside, the house is angled at the ends to open to distant views and cracked in the middle to create a transition space from the frequent high winds and heavy snow.

modern hillside home exterior

The form is supported on slender steel columns and concrete walls to touch the site delicately, allowing the slope to flow underneath. A south-facing, floor-to-ceiling window wall runs the length of the house. The windows, designed to withstand winds up to 135 mph, are protected by a deep overhang adjusted to welcome the sun in winter months while completely shading the interior on hot summer days.

modern hillside home exterior

The daylighting strategy works in concert with geothermal heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, and an airtight envelope to approach net zero energy use. Carefully placed operable windows provide cross-ventilation without allowing the intense wind to impact the experience on the interior. Materially, the low-maintenance home reflects its context, tough and minimal.

modern hillside home exterior

The rusted patina of the corrugated steel siding matches the old steel mining structures near the property. The Ipe hardwood deck is weathered to gray. The once heavily scarred landscape has steadily returned to its former glory, with grasses, wildflowers, and native plants plentiful.

modern hillside home exterior wrap-around deck

Wildlife includes turkey vultures, golden eagles, great horned owls, violet-green swallows, American Kestrels, Western Tanagers, foxes, chipmunks, bears, and mountain lions. Nature is ever-present.

modern hillside home entry

What We Love: This

Tell Us: What do you find most appealing in the design of this hillside home? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Be sure to check out a couple of other fabulous home tours that we have highlighted here on One Kindesign from the portfolio of the architects of this project, Hacker Architects: A high desert home in Oregon gets a fabulous transformation and This serene weekend escape connects to Oregon’s high desert landscape.

modern hillside home entry

modern hillside home exterior wraparound deck

modern hillside home exterior wraparound deck

modern hillside home exterior wraparound deck

modern kitchen

modern dining room looking towards the kitchen

modern dining room looking towards the kitchen

modern kitchen looking towards the dining and living room

modern hillside home exterior wraparound deck

modern hillside home exterior wraparound deck

modern bedroom with a window view

modern bathroom with a freestanding tub and a large window view

modern bathroom with a shower and large window view

modern hillside home exterior

modern hillside home exterior

modern hillside home exterior

modern hillside home exterior

modern hillside home garage exterior

modern hillside home exterior

modern hillside home exterior mountain views

PHOTOGRAPHER Jeremy Bitterman

modern hillside home first floor plan

modern hillside home first roof plan

modern hillside home elevation plan

modern hillside home elevation plan

modern hillside home elevation plan

modern hillside home elevation plan

modern hillside home first section plan

modern hillside home first section plan

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Mahi M
3 months ago

Incredible views…

Michael D Keenoy
3 months ago

FLW just flipped over in his grave!