An Alpine Hut That Bends the Rules by

Issue 51 · Winter Cabins · December 21, 2012

An Alpine Hut That Bends the Rules

Issue 51 · Winter Cabins · December 21, 2012

When a modern-design fan purchased a plot of land approved for construction of a traditional Slovenian hut, his architects created a very modern cabin that still technically follows the rules.

The property in question is located inside Slovenia's Triglav National Park, where strict rules of design and construction are enforced. The building site came with a permit for a traditional Alpine hut, and though the owner wanted a modern design, he did not want to attempt to change the permit. So Slovenian architects OFIS Arhitekti designed a cabin with the same dimensions, roof pitch, and materials as were mandated in a traditional hut—but with a decidedly modern take. From a distance, the hut blends into the surrounding architecture, but up close the tiny home is a shining example of modern design.

Photography by Tomas Gregoric.

Winter cabin in Slovenia at nighttime evening in snow A frame hut

Above: The second floor is cantilevered above the ground floor and acts as a shade from the summer sun.

Cabin at night in Slovenia in winter modern hut with wood

Above: Environmentally friendly features include extra thermal insulation between the wooden cladding and vertical pipes inside beams that collect rainwater from the roof.

Minimal modern wood kitchen in winter cabin hut in Slovenia with open shelving and modern colors

Above: The kitchen is small but entirely modern.

Modern bright bedroom with wood walls and wood floors and antique armoire

Above: Unlike a more traditional hut, in this version windows and doors were sited to maximize views.

Cabin in Slovenia living room cozy with fire and sheepskin rug and dining table

Above: The ground floor has an open floor plan with kitchen, dining, and living rooms, and storage tucked under the central staircase.

Wood floors wood walls bedroom in cabin in Slovenia with sheepskin rug

Above: Vaulted beam ceilings are hallmarks of the traditional local architecture.

Cabin bedroom in Slovenia with wood floors and wood walls and antique armoire

Above: The homeowners mixed occasional antique pieces like this armoire with the rest of the hut's simple modern furnishings.

Built in furniture reading nook in modern cabin in Slovenia with modern cushions light

Above: To maximize views and minimize furnishings, the architects extended the windows to meet low bench shelves that function as sofas. Sun-facing corner windows mean no heat is required on sunny days.

Modern cabin hut in landscape scene in Slovenia

Above: Exterior features like stone and wood columns came from local sources and echo the region's architectural vernacular.

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