The Lookout is located in the mountain foothills above the city of Boulder, Colorado. In recent years, wildfires have erupted in the forested areas both directly above and below the property. The Lookout serves as a bright and forward thinking example of how we can move past the destruction and build responsibly in forested areas.
Fire-wise construction drives the design – a rugged exterior palette of concrete, steel plate cladding, and glass creates a fire-resistant shell. A dramatic rock outcropping protects the house to the north, and invites the structure to sit alongside it in the landscape. Steel columns anchor directly into the rock, placing the building in direct connection with it’s habitat.
A 4kW rooftop photo-voltaic array will far exceed the home’s power needs, with no electric illumination required during daylight hours. An airtight building envelope is created with continuous insulation around the exterior of the framed walls and roof. A radiant concrete slab and a high efficiency wood burning stove provide heating. Floor-to-ceiling casement windows and an airy interior space allow for natural cross ventilation.