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Daring New Prefab Shelter Provides Refuge to Alps Climbers

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Photo by Janez Martincic via <a href="">ArchDaily</a>
Photo by Janez Martincic via ArchDaily

If you ever find yourself stranded near Skuta mountain in Slovenia's Kamnik Alps, you'd be thrilled to know that a sturdy, sexy new cabin has just touched down there, waiting to aid climbers who venture by. The structure, created by a group of Harvard Graduate School of Design students in collaboration with local studio OFIS architects and structural engineering firm AKT II, comprises three prefab modules that were airlifted and assembled on-site in a day. The team designed the alpine shelter to withstand harsh climate conditions like wind, snow, and landslides, making sure, for example, to use super durable triple-pane glass windows.

This new shelter, which replaces a 50-year old structure and can accommodate up to eight people, includes an entrance with a tiny kitchenette, living area, and bunk sleeping space. Utility and refuge aside, views out the two ends of the cabin are just divine. Do check out the full gallery on ArchDaily.

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