Tiny alpine cabin rewards mountaineers who reach its stunning yet wild heights

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Made mostly from timber and aluminum, the Kanin Winter Cabin is a handsome and modern structure precariously perched on a ledge overlooking stunning views to Triglav, Soca Valley, and the Adriatic Sea. The structure was prefabricated off-site and installed with help from the Slovene Armed Forces helicopter crew in an extremely difficult process that took three tries to complete due to bad weather. The partially cantilevered cabin is carefully placed to minimize impact on the ground and built to withstand… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building



This modern hiking hotel blends into the dark alpine forests of Italy

The darkened wood façade of the award-winning Hotel Bühelwirt is specially tinted to reflect “the dark green, or often black forest tinge [that] seems to blend nature and topography with the building”. Pedevilla Architects designed the building as a natural extension of the breathtaking alpine landscapes of South Tyrol, Italy.

The 20-room hotel references traditional hiking hotels of the region. It marries simplicity with modern forms–rectangular forms meet an asymmetrical saddle roof… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Origami-like alpine cabin brings contemporary style to Chile’s mountains

Alpine architecture has evolved far beyond traditional chalets, as can be seen in this contemporary cabin perched high above in Chile’s Valparaíso Region. Architect Gonzalo Iturriaga completed the blackened pine cabin, named RF C9, on a rocky site near the commune of San Esteban. Like a piece of origami, the angular refuge has numerous folds, some of which are turned into glazed openings that frame spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.

Elevated off the uneven ground, the 60-square-meter… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Sublime alpine home in Upper Austria marries modern and vernacular design

One major challenge architects face when designing for the world’s last beautiful places is to ensure the smallest possible footprint. For HAUS KW, designed to replace a former building in Upper Austria, Paul Kweton opted for a hybrid guest home and studio that incorporates elements of both vernacular and modern design. The small alpine structure would include a sauna cabin, bathroom, storage area, and an outdoor terrace.

Clad in highly reflective, insulated metal panels, HAUS KW would have a… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

Starship-like Utsikten viewpoint juts out into Norways breathtaking alpine landscape

Utsikten—Norwegian for “The View”—is located near the top of Gaular Mountain following an ascent of hairpin bends. The viewpoint was constructed almost entirely of concrete with an 80-centimeter-thick platform and raised, wing-like corners that point towards the north, south, and west. “Each corner is shaped specifically in relation to the landscape and to different use,” write the architects. “It has been an object to create a shape that stimulates physical movement, and also can work… View full post on Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green BuildingEco funeral – Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building