The Marman Observatory is a 300 s.f. private observatory located in the Rocky Mountains near Divide, Colorado. The exceptional site boasts amazing 360 degree views both to the surrounding terrestrial beauty and the expansive Colorado sky. Coming in at only 300 s.f. this tiny building packs a lot of punch.
The control room of the observatory has been designed to Passive House (Passivhaus) standards meaning the space is heated and cooled “passively” by the sun and wind. The exterior skin is clad in corten, or “weathering”, steel panels. This steel will develop a patina of rust that will protect the panels from any deterioration. This is a long lasting, zero maintenance skin that will change over time and continue to blend more and more into its beautiful environment. These panels are installed as a rainscreen maximizing energy efficiency and providing excellent moisture management protecting the equipment inside.