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Atelier 8000 envisions Cuboidal Mountain Hut for Slovakia

The Cuboidal Mountain Hut concept, by Atelier 8000 (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The Cuboidal Mountain Hut concept, by Atelier 8000 (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The Cuboidal Mountain Hut concept, by Atelier 8000 (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The Cuboidal Mountain Hut concept, by Atelier 8000 (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The hut would be built from laminated larch timber beams and feature an aluminum facade (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The hut would be built from laminated larch timber beams and feature an aluminum facade (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
A large solar panel array fixed to the roof and facade (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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A large solar panel array fixed to the roof and facade (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The hut also sports sustainable tech including a wastewater treatment plant, rainwater collection, heat recovery, solar collectors (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The hut also sports sustainable tech including a wastewater treatment plant, rainwater collection, heat recovery, solar collectors (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The Cuboidal Mountain Hut resembles a kid's toy block thrown carelessly into the snow and rests awkwardly on one side (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The Cuboidal Mountain Hut resembles a kid's toy block thrown carelessly into the snow and rests awkwardly on one side (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The interior comprises three main floors, plus a basement and attic (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The interior comprises three main floors, plus a basement and attic (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The hut features a sparse wood-finish interior, with oddly-proportioned slanting walls (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
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The hut features a sparse wood-finish interior, with oddly-proportioned slanting walls (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)
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Architectural plan of the The Cuboidal Mountain Hut (Image: Atelier 8000)

Taking part in a recent international architectural competition to design a new mountain retreat for Slovakia’s High Tatras Mountains, Czech firm Atelier 8000 offers food for thought with an unconventional concept. The Cuboidal Mountain Hut resembles a kid's toy block thrown carelessly into the snow.

Though still on the drawing board at present, Atelier 8000 says that if the Cuboidal Mountain Hut does go ahead, it will be built from laminated larch timber beams and feature an aluminum facade.

The interior comprises three main floors, plus a basement and attic, and sports a sparse wood-finish interior, with oddly-proportioned slanting walls resulting from the hut's part-sunk design. There's a snowmobile garage, staff entrance, ski storage, and bathrooms at the base of the hut, and upper floors include a small restaurant, and deck, sleeping and recovery areas.

The interior comprises three main floors, plus a basement and attic (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)
The interior comprises three main floors, plus a basement and attic (Image: Jan Cyrany/Atelier 8000)

Given its remote location, the Cuboidal Mountain Hut would be required to operate off-grid. Sustainable technology slated for the project includes a large solar panel array fixed to the roof and facade, which in turn is hooked-up to batteries. In addition, Atelier 8000 calls for an on-site wastewater treatment plant, rainwater collection, heat recovery, solar collectors, and a generator that runs using "bio fuel."

Source: Atelier 8000 via Arch Daily

5 comments
BigGoofyGuy
I think that is way cool. I think it will become a destination all by itself. I hope it is built, perhaps have more than one each in a different place.
Slowburn
How much more material and energy went in to building that instead of a rational building of the same useful square footage.
Bob Flint
Loads of wasted space, windows angled so you can't even look out at the ground? Failed ice cube...
David Priol
Maybe not too practical, but fun and original, which is what all cities and suburbs need the most these days... good design enables healthy and happy living
The Skud
Stylish yes, stupid yes, clever no. Looks like design for design's sake - the only bonus is that the sloping roof (sides?) will shed snow more easily than if the cube was set square to the ground. A well-made 'A-Frame' would hold as many people and equipment for half the effort.