Carefully nestled in the Colorado Rockies, Gammel Dam is an award-winning family hideaway whose serene, minimalist interiors recall Norwegian cabins.

Set on an east-west axis, the home stays cool with shading south-facing glass, minimal west-facing glass, and operable windows that allow for natural ventilation. Energy recovery ventilators also bring fresh air into the home.

When a couple approached Colorado–based Cottle Carr Yaw (CCY) Architects for a modern mountain retreat, they brought with them images of what would be the founding inspiration behind the new design—a simple and rugged cabin in Norway where the husband and his relatives had been gathering since the 1950s. Much like this ancestral Norwegian cabin, the new getaway is designed with the same rustic charms and deference to the landscape, as well as an inviting environment for friends and family to gather for generations to come.

Spread out over 4,942 square feet on an 11.76-acre gently sloping site, the Gammel Dam House includes five bedrooms, one bunk room, and three-and-a-half baths. The home can easily accommodate up to 14 people in the two-story guest wing that can be closed off when not in use.

Spread out over 4,942 square feet on an 11.76-acre gently sloping site, the Gammel Dam House includes five bedrooms, one bunk room, and three-and-a-half baths. The home can easily accommodate up to 14 people in the two-story guest wing that can be closed off when not in use.

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“They specifically didn’t want large bedrooms for the guest wing to encourage their family and guests to congregate in the home’s public spaces,” Todd Kennedy, principal architect at CCY, explains. He also adds that because the couple also planned to spend time in the retreat alone, the guest bedrooms, accessible via a bridge, can be closed off from the main living spaces when not in use so that the home could function as a one-bedroom cabin, comfortably scaled for two.

Set on an east-west axis, the home stays cool with shading south-facing glass, minimal west-facing glass, and operable windows that allow for natural ventilation. Energy recovery ventilators also bring fresh air into the home.

Set on an east-west axis, the home stays cool with shading south-facing glass, minimal west-facing glass, and operable windows that allow for natural ventilation. Energy recovery ventilators also bring fresh air into the home.

Draper White Photography

The angled roof mimics the sloped terrain and connects the cedar-lined sauna (on the right) to the main house and garage.

The angled roof mimics the sloped terrain and connects the cedar-lined sauna (on the right) to the main house and garage.

Draper White Photography

See the full story on Dwell.com: One Family’s Norwegian Roots Inspire This Colorado Mountain Refuge

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