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Oct
19
Winter Cabin on Mount Kanin by OFIS Architects
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Alps
under the patronage of
Alexander Zaxarov
Oct 19, 2020

This tiny aluminium-clad cabin by Slovenian studio OFIS Architects cantilevers over the edge of a mountain on the Slovenian-Italian border.

Kanin is a mountain above a small town, Bovec, with beautiful resorts around the valley.

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 site is accessible only by climbing or helicopter – the modules and loads are prepared according to the maximum weight and equilibrium limits. The challenge is to install real objects, shelters in 1:1 on remote sites and study their response to extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, snow and rugged terrain. The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, terrain, and weather require a response of specific architectural forms, structures and concept.

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Alexander Zaxarov
October 19, 2020

This tiny aluminium-clad cabin by Slovenian studio OFIS Architects cantilevers over the edge of a mountain on the Slovenian-Italian border.

Kanin is a mountain above a small town, Bovec, with beautiful resorts around the valley.

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 site is accessible only by climbing or helicopter – the modules and loads are prepared according to the maximum weight and equilibrium limits. The challenge is to install real objects, shelters in 1:1 on remote sites and study their response to extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, snow and rugged terrain. The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, terrain, and weather require a response of specific architectural forms, structures and concept.

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