Skylab organizes a series of A-frame Colorado cabins in a snowflake pattern.

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Skylab Architecture, a Portland-based studio, has unveiled its latest project in Winter Park, Colorado – a collection of prefabricated A-frame cabins that offer a modern take on traditional ski chalets.

The A-Frame Club, completed in 2023, features 31 compact cabins arranged in a hexagonal pattern, creating a snowflake-like design on the three-acre lot. Taking inspiration from 1970s American ski culture and the iconic A-frame cabins of that era, the project immerses guests in the natural landscape and offers a unique hospitality experience.

The cabins are carefully positioned on the wooded site along the Fraser River, with elevated structures and a network of boardwalks that interact respectfully with the mountain environment while preserving the trees and natural watershed. Privacy and solitude are ensured for each guest despite the close proximity of the cabins.

The 475-square-foot cabins were prefabricated by Plant Prefab in Los Angeles and then assembled on-site. The steep black metal roofs contrast with the warm vertical cedar boards, while tall triangular windows under the eaves allow ample natural light and offer stunning views of the mountains.

Inside, each cabin comprises a living room, kitchenette, and bathroom on the main floor, with a lofted bedroom space above. The interiors boast warm-toned cedar panels, custom millwork, and vintage furnishings inspired by midcentury design and classic ski advertisements. Custom finishes, including breeze blocks, bespoke woodwork, stained glass, leather upholstery, and Noguchi-style lighting, showcase the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Energy-efficient heating, lighting, and low-flow fixtures are incorporated into each unit.

The use of prefabrication enabled the team to work around existing trees, seamlessly integrate the cabins into the ski town’s urban fabric, and minimize material waste. Additionally, a historic saloon building on the site has been repurposed as a gathering venue for guests and locals, featuring a restaurant, bar, and heated “apres” deck with a pergola and fire pits. Various zones have been created within the saloon to cater to different activities, promoting a sense of community spirit.

Skylab Architecture is known for its innovative designs, with previous projects including the Owl Creek Residence in Snowmass, featuring a triangular house with an exposed steel structure, and the Serena Williams building at Nike’s corporate campus in Oregon. The A-Frame Club adds to the studio’s portfolio of unique and striking architectural creations.

Photography for the project was done by Stephan Werk and Kylie Fitts.

Project credits:

Architecture: Skylab Architecture (Jeff Kovel, Brent Grubb, Robin Wilcox, Conor Wood, Jeni Nguyen, Amy DeVall, Nick Trapani, Eduardo Peraza Garzon)

Interior design: Skylab Architecture

Civil Engineer: Bowman

Structural, mechanical, electrical Engineer: Resource Engineering Group (REG)

Geotechnical engineer: KC Hamilton Engineering, Inc

Branding: Wunder Werkz

Client: Zeppelin Development

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