The Sunshine Canyon Residence desgggined by Hacker Architects, situated 7,300 feet above Boulder, Colorado, is a beacon of resilience and architectural innovation. Born from the ashes of the Fourmile Canyon Fire in 2010, the homeowners’ determination to rebuild led to the creation of a stunning, 2,200-square-foot, two-bedroom home that appears to float above the rugged terrain. Its design not only captures breathtaking views but also prioritizes sustainability, incorporating features like geothermal heating, photovoltaic panels, and an airtight envelope, moving towards net zero energy usage. The house’s exterior reflects the surrounding mining heritage with rusted patina corrugated steel siding, while the ecosystem around it has rebounded, welcoming a variety of wildlife. The Sunshine Canyon Residence stands as a symbol of hope and a harmonious connection between modern living and the natural world.
This architectural design serves as a tribute to the homeowners’ resilience and the healing power of nature. Its design incorporates a south-facing window wall to maximize natural light and reduce energy consumption. The materials used, such as corrugated steel siding and weathered hardwood, blend seamlessly with the environment, creating a low-maintenance, sustainable home. The landscape surrounding the house has made a remarkable recovery, with native plants and diverse wildlife returning to the area. The Sunshine Canyon Residence embodies the perfect fusion of human innovation and environmental harmony, illustrating that from the ashes of tragedy, beauty and sustainability can emerge.
Project name: Sunshine Canyon Residence
Architecture firm: Hacker Architects
Location: Boulder, Colorado, USA
Photography: Jeremy Bittermann
Principal architect: Hacker Architects
Design team: Corey Martin, Design Principal. Scott Mannhard, Project Manager. Alexander Lungershausen. Amanda Petretti
Sustainable Design Consultant: Populus Sustainable Design
Interior design: Hacker
Built area: 2200 ft²
Completion year: 2021
Structural engineer: Ascent Group
Construction: Cornerstone Homes
Typology: Residential › House