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Child’s Play The Skuta Alpine Shelter

Ofis Arhitekti

Mountain shelters always present a daunting challenge for an architect. Extreme climate, locations where conventional foundations are often impossible, limited construction timeframes and size constraints requiring well-nigh obsessive spatial rationalization, are just some of the factors to contend with. Unsurprisingly, the mountain shelter is a favourite technological and design exercise for many a school of architecture, obliging students to consider a range of inescapable constraints with a blend of architectural and engineering know-how and prowess. If the workshop exercise can then be translated into a built structure, the result is a small miracle: a prototype.

Slovenian architecture practice OFIS arhitekti recently took up the challenge. Together with a clutch of sponsors and volunteers, it built a singular alpine shelter on Mount Skuta, the third highest peak in the...

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