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-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
OFIS winter cabin was developed in close collaboration with structural engineers
all images © janez martincic 

 

 

 

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.

OFIS winter cabin designboom
the brief was to develop self-contained wooden shell, which resist extreme conditions on top of the mountain
all images © janez martincic 

 

 

 

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.  


OFIS winter cabin designboom
the winter cabin forms a compact wooden volume organized with three floor resting platforms
image © ales gregoric

ofis-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
the interior design is subordinate to the function, providing accommodation for up to nine mountaineers
image © ales gregoric

ofis-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
to reach the site, the slovene armed forces helicopter crew had to transport the cabin
all images © janez martincic 

ofis-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
the goal of the project is to gain new knowledge through unexpected weather conditions
all images © janez martincic 

ofis-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
this particular site was chosen because of its 360-degree views over slovenia and italy
all images © janez martincic 

ofis-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
snow cover lasts more than half of year in the area of kanin
all images © janez martincic 

ofis-kanin-cabin-designboom-02
the modules and loads are prepared according to the maximum weight and equilibrium limits
image © ales gregoric

 

 

 

 

project info:


architects: OFIS  arhitekti


project team:
rok oman
spela videcnik
janez martincic
andrej gregoric
sara carciotti
jamie lee
maria della mea
vincenzo roma
andrea capretti
jade manbodh
sam eadington
roberta costa
soo woo

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

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    architecture news