OFIS architects has shared their winter cabin constructed on top of mount kanin in slovenia. the compact dwelling has the capacity to accommodate nine mountaineers with shelter from the harsh and extreme weather conditions of wind, snow and landslides, all the while only leaving a small footprint on the rock.
OFIS worked closely in collaboration with various structural engineers to develop the self-contained wooden shell with a cantilevered form. the site itself is accessible only by climbing or helicopter – the modules and loads are prepared according to the maximum weight and equilibrium limits. its position within the wilderness requires respect of natural resources ensuring the shelter stability while having a minimal impact on the rugged terrain.
internally, the cabin is organized across three resting platforms. the modest space offers a simple but unique experience as the platforms open up to the large glazed window facing towards the mountain valley. the overall project is a study to further develop architecture catered to extreme and remote conditions. kanin is a location set above the small town of bovec, an area known for its resorts and history from world war 1 and this particular site was chosen for its uninterrupted views over both slovenia and italy.
architects: OFIS arhitekti
andrej gregoric sara carciotti
jamie lee maria della mea vincenzo roma andrea capretti jade manbodh sam eadington
structural engineering and principal contractor: CBD contemporary building design
project team: bruno dujic, jure jancar
execution team: jure jancar, ziga stepisnik, martin gradisnik
contractor: permiz / bostjan perme matevz jerman, ortar in jerman d.o.o.
organization support: pzs planinska zveza slovenije / matej planko, dusan prasnikar
pd bovec / robert rot
turistično društvo bovec / janko humar
winter cabin maintainance: PD bovec
pd bovec / rober rot
pd bovec / milivoj sulin
helicopter flights: slovene armed forces helicopter crew chief pilot, davorin draginc
co-pilot: peter paskulin
pilot technican: grega ponikvar
pilot rescuer: dusan hrncic
on site construction team:
janez martincic, andrej gregoric, isa plibersek, matevz jerman, davor rozman, nikolaj gregoric, robert rehar, claudio bratos, andrej fratnik, matej in jernej naglost, marko plevelj, gregor plevelj, miha luzar, aljaz hribar, marjan kogovsek, kristina seljak, tjasa rutar, gregor basiaco, luka zalokar, zdenka zitko, blaz ortar, jernej ortar, uros grilj, erik cudr, marina pintar, gregor pintar, matej blatnik , marjan baricic, andrej drevensek, jerry ruditser, robert rot
sponsors and donators:
lidl slovenija, komenda, slovenia
zavarovalnica triglav, slovenia