University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture and Planning

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University of Colorado Denver | College of Architecture & Planning | Web Design by baDesign


The Raine House was constructed for Lorraine “Raine” Toney, a Navajo and single mother of five children.

Lorraine had to travel an hour to get to work, a tough drive through the desert.   Her children lived so far from school that they were forced to board on the campus.  The boarding house situation has classically torn apart families on the reservation and this was Lorain’s worst fear.  She needed a place to live, closer to work, closer to school, a place to raise her children. When the students asked what she wanted from the project she said only two words, a home.

The home is constructed primarily of thermally broken slow pour concrete. This concrete along with the concrete slab helps collect the suns rays and maintain a year round internal temperature between 62-82 degrees Fahrenheit (17-27 degrees Celsius). Interior sliding panels cover the glass curtain wall in the evening, providing an additional R-12 insulation. During the day they nest along the walls in the living room.


University of Colorado Faculty:
Rick Sommerfeld

DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah:
Cindy Bithnell
Hiroko Ogiso
Cortland Wilson
Atsushi Yamamoto

Structural Engineer:
Andy Paddock


Lindsay Moore
Halle Hagenau
Matt Brown
Tor Jorfald
Elise Mascitelli
Laura Mears
Maggie Hattman
Megan Brankamp
Sarah Boman
Sara Zezulka

Kimberlee Derhammer
Brian Majerus
Lauren Watkins
Laurie Hollm
Lauren Peterson
Treonna Villasenor
Craig Cherry
Jason Astorino
MC Burns