Mountain Cabin Porn In The Slovenian Alps

Slovenian studio OFIS Arhitekti has created two mountain cabins that combine breathtaking views with a beautiful modern appearance. The days of cramped and humid cabins for adventurous mountaineers seem to be over.

Last year we featured Cabin Porn, the droolworthy book for anyone dreaming of having their own hide-out in the woods, and Hide and Seek, showcasing some of the finest places to escape the city. They are both part of a trend we coined ‘gentrification of the woods‘ – as the urban creative elite has flooded cities all over the world, part of the group has started to re-appreciate the rest and peace of the countryside. In that sense, gentrification may no longer be a solely urban phenomenon, but also a process that takes place in forests and parks. Are we taking it a question too far when asking if these mountain cabins in Slovenia could start a new chapter in this story, that of gentrification of the mountains?

First of the two cabins, named Skuta, was designed with a team of Harvard University students during a workshop organized by OFIS. The students were to design a cabin that could withstand extreme weather conditions, making the harsh climate of the Julian Alps the perfect location. The cabin, with sleeping space for up to eight mountaineers, was airlifted into position by the Slovenian army. The cabin replaces a 50-year old storm shelter.

Somewhere else in the Slovenian mountains you will find Kanin, the other cabin, hanging over the edge. The cabin has less than 10 square meters of floor space, over three levels. Reaching the top level takes some climbing experience, but that shouldn’t be an issue as the cabin is only accessible for climbers or by helicopter.

The cabins serve as shelter against the harsh weather conditions of the mountains, and a comfortable place to rest after a day of climbing. The cold aluminium, contemporary architecture of the outside is combined with a warm timber-clad inside. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the cabins provide magnificent views and gives climbers the opportunity to truly sleep on top of the mountain.