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Skylab Architecture designs A-Frame Club, a new hotel concept with prefabricated cabins in Winter Park, Colorado

Project name:
A-Frame Club
Architecture firm:
Skylab Architecture
Winter Park, Colorado, USA
Stephan Werk, Kylie Fitts
Principal architect:
Design team:
Jeff Kovel, Design Director. Brent Grubb, Principal in Charge. Robin Wilcox, Project Director. Conor Wood, Project Architect. Jeni Nguyen, Project Designer. Amy DeVall, Interior Designer. Nick Trapani, Visualizer/Project Designer. Eduardo Peraza Garzon, Visualizer
Built area:
450 ft2 (each cabin)
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Geotechnical Engineer: KC Hamilton Engineering, Inc
Interior design:
Skylab Architecture
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Environmental & MEP:
Resource Engineering Group (REG)
Tools used:
Zeppelin Development
Hospitality › Hotel

Skylab Architecture: The A-Frame Club is a new hotel brand that takes design cues from 1970s American ski culture and the iconic A-frame cabins of that era. The first Club consists of 31 newly-constructed cabins along with a bar and restaurant in a historic saloon building in Winter Park, Colorado. Situated on a two-acre wooded site adjacent to the Fraser River, the stand-alone cabins are nestled among mature pine trees. The cabins are connected by a network of boardwalks, providing solitude to guests, and fostering a relaxing atmosphere after a day of skiing or mountain biking. 

The cabins are each 450-square-feet and include a main floor living room, entry, bathroom, kitchenette, and a lofted bedroom. Each cabin is equipped with custom Malm fireplaces and vintage furnishings. Walls are lined with warm-toned cedar panels and custom millwork. Set on low piers, each cabin is elevated above the ground to enhance views and to lightly touch the land. Tall glass windows allow natural light to permeate and highlight mountain vistas. The cabins are designed for adaptability. The lofted bed is accessible by a ship’s ladder, and the living room couches can be folded out. Guests are in control of their space, from individual keypads for self-check-in to simple, automated controls for heating, cooling, and lighting.

Community spirit is supported through a 9,190-square-foot central gathering venue for guests and locals alike called, The Lodge. Food and beverages are served for guests to enjoy to-go or on the patio with pergola and fire pits. A variety of zones are created for a mix of drinking, eating, socializing, and working. Curated with tongue-in-cheek novelty and a mid-century vibe, The Lodge is a space that is both classic and novel. 

By Liliana Alvarez

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