Intrepid hikers in the Julian Alps can now find shelter from the punishing elements, though they may have to tap into the same bravery that first led them on the climb. Not for the faint of heart, the slim, 104-square foot Kanin Winter Cabin perches precariously over a rocky cliff on the Slovenian-Italian border.
Designed and constructed by OFIC Architects and structural engineers CBD, the duo collaborated on the project with the goal to create a shelter on a remote site and study the effects of the area’s harsh, extreme weather and rocky terrain. (A typical winter on Mount Kanin can bring more than 10 meters of snow, and the area has been known to experience earthquakes, landslides, and drastic temperature shifts.) The structure is made from cross-laminated timber, glass, and aluminium panels, and is tethered to the rocks by cables. After two failed attempts due to bad weather and turbulence, the Slovenian Army successfully transported the cabin on site via helicopter.
Inside the modest cabin, which can accommodate up to nine mountaineers, there are three resting platforms that abut a wall of windows. The spectacular views, perhaps worth the crushing anxiety (or adrenaline rush) of hanging over a mountain top, include Triglav (the highest mountain in Slovenia,) the Soca Valley, and the Adriatic sea. The only bit of decor inside is a single “hunting trophy” of mounted antlers.
Mount Kanin is located above Bovec, a small resort town in Slovenia known for its abundance of year-round adventure sports. A stay in Kanin Winter Cabin certainly qualifies as adventurous.