Resilience was the attribute pursued in the design of the tiny self-contained wooden shell that follows. Extreme weather conditions on an exposed mountain site in a cantilevered volume is the extraordinary effort of multiple structural engineers.
The small cabin contains glass and aluminium panels as well as cross-laminated timber, the mixture of elements develops over a surface of 9.7 square meters. The interior shell is realized with timber, three resting platforms can be found within allowing travelers to glance towards the valley through a large glazed wall.
The retreat cabin has been envisioned to provide accommodation for a maximum of nine mountaineers, protecting them from extremely harsh water conditions like snow, wind and landslides. The establishment can be accessed through climbing or helicopter only; the site was chosen specifically for its extraordinary 360-view over Slovenia and Italy. The main purpose of the build was research and development, to gain new knowledge on extreme weather conditions and the possibilities in terms of structure in these particular settings.
How to do you see this retreat ? The Self-Contained Wooden Shell would definitely impress the mountain enthusiast that encounters it but we would love to hear your opinion on the establishment in the comment section below !
Photo Courtesy to Janez Martincic