The Colorado Outward Bound School commissioned the University of Colorado Denver's design-build program to erect 14 cabins with minimal environmental impact. The structure's steel frames lift the structures above a three-foot snowpack while supporting corrugated-steel "snow roofs."
Outside Bayfield, Wisconsin, a 325-square-foot shelter morphs for lounging, eating, and sleeping, thanks to its fold-out, drop-down furnishings made out of Baltic birch plywood.
Jackson Tucker Lynch’s geodesic yurt in the "fforest" camp near Cardigan, Wales makes inventive use of ceiling fabric to soften the interior while also providing insulation. The drapes create privacy and help defuse lighting.
Artist Radamés “Juni” Figueroa crafted this sustainable tree house in the Puerto Rican tropics as an inventive take on the exhibition space that could double as a temporary shelter.
This 191-square-foot cabin near Vancouver and its glass facades "forces you to engage with the bigger landscape," architect Tom Kundig says, but it seals up tight when its owner is away. The unfinished steel cladding slides over the windows, turning it into a protected bunker.