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22 Dez Winter Cabin On Mount Kanin by OFIS Architecs

The research for the Cabin was initiated by OFIS arhitekti and CBD structural engineers with the goal to built a cabin that resist extreme conditions in a mountain environment.

The challenge was to install a cabin suited to extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, snow and rugged terrain. The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, and weather require a response of specific architectural forms, structures and concept.
The site 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 ground.

Kanin is a mountain above a small town, Bovec, Slovenia, with beautiful resorts around the valley. The area is also important due to battles that took place during the World War I.

In collaboration with Slovenian mountaineer association and PD Bovec, this particular site was chosen because of its 360-degree views over Slovenia and Italy, and spectacular views to Triglav, Soca Valley and Adriatic sea. It will become a destination for hikers, climbers, cavers, mountaineers and nature lovers .

Weather conditions are very harsh, especially during the winter. Snow cover lasts more than half of year. The area of Kanin is known for rainfall and extreme snow records.
Kanin Winter Cabin forms a compact wooden volume organized with three floor resting platforms. These platforms are hanging towards the valley and a large glazed panoramic window offers astonishing views. A cantilevered overhang, resting part of the cabin, reaches the smallest footprint on the rock. The interior design  dictates modesty, subordinate to the function, providing accommodation for up to nine mountaineers.

The cabin settlement and transportation was an extremely difficult task. It was realized by the Slovene Armed Forces helicopter crew. Bad weather and unexpected turbulences lead to the cabin being placed and fixed on site at the third attempt. However, the challenge of the project is to gain new knowledge through unexpected weather conditions.

Photos by Janez Martincic

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