Prague-based architecture firm Atelier 8000 recently submitted their “Kežmarské Hut” to an international competition aimed at designing a lodge for the high snowfields of Slovakia’s Tatra mountains.
The sleek cube form of the structure has been rotated onto one of its corners, creating steeply sloping sides that, along with the aluminum cladding, are designed to avoid heavy winter snow from settling on the structure. The unusual orientation feels like a fallen boulder that has settled in a striking position.
Intended as a year-round dwelling for high altitude adventurers, the building is designed to be energy neutral, operating without the need for additional power from the outside world.
The interior is designed to be a warm respite from the cold world outside. Interior structures are made from laminated timber beams of red spruce, with matching paneling and furniture.