atelier 8000 tilts kezmarska hut on its corner in slovakian mountains atelier 8000 tilts kezmarska hut on its corner in slovakian mountains
oct 12, 2014

atelier 8000 tilts kezmarska hut on its corner in slovakian mountains

atelier 8000 angles kezmarska hut on one corner in slovakian mountains
all images courtesy of atelier 8000




for an international competition aimed at the design of a lodge located in the high tatra mountains of slovakia, atelier 8000 has proposed a cube volume rotated onto one of its corners. known as ‘kežmarské hut’, the structure is intended to be a sustainable dwelling for high terrain adventurers during all seasons of the year, able to perform autonomously in regards to energy usage.


the formal strategy is aimed at producing visual lightness, and prompting a feeling of disorientation within the viewer. having seemingly fallen from the sky, the building is reminiscent of a boulder resting among the landscape, with crisp edges and a high peak which relate to the surrounding mountains.

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the mountain lodge is intended as a resting place and dwelling for adventurers during all seasons




the cube’s façades are subdivided into square panels of reflective materials, including predominantly aluminum as well as sections of glass and photovoltaics. from any given viewpoint, three of the form’s faces are visible, thus providing a legible reading due to distinct light/shadow tones. an elevated patio wraps two sides of the building to provide an outdoor dining and relaxation area for mild temperatures.

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the building’s crisp peak visually integrates with the mountain backdrop

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subdivided by a square grid, the cube’s façades feature aluminum, glass, and photovoltaic panels




the building’s structure is made of glue-laminated timber beams of red spruce, while interiors feature wood finishes and furnishings.

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the hut’s interiors feature all-wood finishes and furnishings

atelier 8000 kezmarska hut slovakia designboom

the building’s angled orientation is legible in the window mullions and outer walls

atelier 8000 kezmarska hut slovakia designboom

atelier 8000 kezmarska hut slovakia designboom

  • Oh let’s make a concept and try to make everything that we need to live fit in it… Doesn’t it work? No prob, it will be published everywhere, that’s the only thing we want

    Moob says:
  • What doesn’t work about this? This isn’t even that conceptual of a design, its more formal move to resemble mountains and a gestural inprint on the landscape of the building be something other than a building out of the norm that disorients, but that doesn’t mean it doesnt work.

    In fact, it looks like its pretty well thought out for a competition. I applaud them on the effort and the images are really well done — whatever rendering firm did this should be proud (doubt it was in house)

    boomer says:
  • it works great Moob

    Sheema says:
  • It is a beautiful sculptural volume, but I imagine a LOT of unusable space. Still, I give it a “Cool” rating.

    stevenartisan says:
  • awesome

    Tisko says:

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