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Skylodge by Skylab Architecture

Skylodge is a 5,500-square-foot event center built on a 10,000-acre ski mountain in Utah

Skylodge by Skylab Architecture
Photography by © Boone Speed

Skylab Architecture have recently completed the Skylodge at Powder Mountain, Utah –  a mountaintop event center, built using modular and prefabricated components. Take a look at the complete story after the jump.

Skylodge by Skylab Architecture
Photography by © Boone Speed

From the architects: Designed to serve as catalyst for a sustainable, densely planned residential mountaintop village, Skylodge is a 5,500-square-foot event center built on a 10,000-acre ski mountain in Utah. Set at 8,900 feet, the short construction window necessitated an innovative approach. Employing modular and prefabricated construction, enabled the construction timeline to be compressed into a brief five-month window. 

Skylodge by Skylab Architecture
Photography by © Boone Speed

A series of modules, based on 100-square-foot triangles, were fitted out on site, including finish materials, as well as mechanical and electrical systems. The resulting geometric layout is a composition of two rotundas that adjoin a central spine and that are surrounded by ample exterior decks to provide dramatic four-state mountain views. Unpretentious and inviting, the exterior is expressed in reclaimed wood.

Skylodge by Skylab Architecture
Photography by © Boone Speed

“At its core, the triangle module is rigid which supports the ability to fit out a large portion of the construction in a controlled environment,” reflects Jeff Kovel, Principal and Design Director at Skylab. “It’s also more flexible to connect with a sphere or unique geometries, creating connections that make spaces much more interesting than a simple box.”

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Skylodge by Skylab Architecture
Photography by © Boone Speed

The two rotundas—one the living room and the other the dining room—feature an eclectic mix of built-in and soft occasional furnishings, contrasting with the exposed timber interior: an expression of rustic without the rough. The living room features a sunken floor, invoking a cozy campfire gathering that can be raised to create a platform for lectures. The second rotunda is the dining room, capable of seating 80. A bar and fully equipped kitchen bridge the living and dining rooms. The building not only serves as the epicenter of groundbreaking thought and idea sharing around sustainability and community, but also functions as the collective amenity space for the residential units as development progresses.

Skylab design team
Jeff Kovel, Design Director / Principal Architect
Brent Grubb, Principal / Manager 
Mark Nye, Project Manager / Director / Lead 
Michael Gross, Project Designer
Nathan Cox, Project Architect

Consultant team
Architect: Skylab
Interior designer:  Skylab
Prefabrication Manufacturer: Method 
Structural Engineer:  Quantum Consulting Engineers
MEP Engineer:  LP Davis Engineering
Landscape:  Langvardt Design Group
Lighting:  Lighting Workshop, Inc.
Theatrical/AV:  Ambient Automation
Kitchen:  Commercial Kitchen Supply
Kitchen and Bar Layout Consultant: Bargreen Ellingson Inc. 
Cascade Joinery / Structural timber engineering
Client: Summit Mountain Holding Group LLC
Photographer: Boone Speed 

Materials/Products 
Esque Studio (pendant light fixtures)
Rainer Yurts (Eagle yurt rooftops)
Trestlewood (grey reclaimed wood cladding)
Resysta (composite decking)
La Cantina (accordion doors)

Find more projects by Skylab: www.skylabarchitecture.com

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