Dezeen's Jenna McKnight shares a recent project from the University of Colorado Denver's architecture program, which features a series of rustic dwellings for the Colorado Outward Bound School, a non-profit outdoor educational organization located in the Rocky Mountains that focuses on expeditionary learning.

In a matter of three weeks, the students constructed 14 "micro dormitories", each measuring between 140 and 200 square feet. Made of metal and wood, the cabins were constructed on-site, and are designed to have a low environmental impact.

"The cabins sit lightly on the landscape, directing views from private spaces towards trees, rock outcroppings, and distant mountain views of the Mosquito Range," said the team. "This steel cladding and the vertical columns blend with the lodge pole forest, minimizing the visual impact of the cabins."

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