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1970s ski cabin gets extra padding to withstand winter chill

1970s ski cabin gets extra pad...
The vacation home, dubbed UFO, takes the form of a five-sided prism resting on six concrete pillars
The vacation home, dubbed UFO, takes the form of a five-sided prism resting on six concrete pillars
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Architect Stefan Hitthaler recently completed an energy-efficient makeover of a mountain chalet near Brunico, South Tyrol, Italy
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Architect Stefan Hitthaler recently completed an energy-efficient makeover of a mountain chalet near Brunico, South Tyrol, Italy
UFO was uninhabitable in winter due to poor insulation, but it can now ride out nature's worst while keeping occupants comfortable
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UFO was uninhabitable in winter due to poor insulation, but it can now ride out nature's worst while keeping occupants comfortable
Hitthaler added a novel steel ladder that disappears into the left wall
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Hitthaler added a novel steel ladder that disappears into the left wall
UFO's balcony looks out onto an impressive winter wonderland
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UFO's balcony looks out onto an impressive winter wonderland
The vacation home, dubbed UFO, takes the form of a five-sided prism resting on six concrete pillars
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The vacation home, dubbed UFO, takes the form of a five-sided prism resting on six concrete pillars
As well as packing the roof and basement with insulation, Hitthaler added an underfloor heating system, geothermal heat pump and ventilation systems to UFO
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As well as packing the roof and basement with insulation, Hitthaler added an underfloor heating system, geothermal heat pump and ventilation systems to UFO
UFO's main room includes beds and a fireplace
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UFO's main room includes beds and a fireplace
UFO's interior is mostly finished in fir wood
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UFO's interior is mostly finished in fir wood
UFO takes the form of a five-sided prism resting on six concrete pillars
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UFO takes the form of a five-sided prism resting on six concrete pillars
UFO's basement is where you'll find a bathroom with shower
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UFO's basement is where you'll find a bathroom with shower
UFO's bathroom, installed in the chalet's basement
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UFO's bathroom, installed in the chalet's basement
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Architect Stefan Hitthaler recently completed an energy-efficient renovation of a mountain chalet in South Tyrol, Italy. Originally constructed in 1973, it was uninhabitable in winter due to poor insulation, but now keeps occupants comfortable, whatever the weather. The architect also made some minor stylistic changes to accentuate its out-of-this-world appearance.

The vacation home, now dubbed UFO, takes the form of a five-sided prism and rests on six concrete pillars. Unlike the Starwars House, Lunar Lander, or the UFO 2.0, its design doesn't look very spaceship- or alien-like. That said, Hitthaler did add a spacecraft-inspired steel ladder that disappears into the wall, and from a certain angle the home looks like it's floating. Either way, it's certainly an attractive-looking dwelling.

Hitthaler added a novel steel ladder that disappears into the left wall
Hitthaler added a novel steel ladder that disappears into the left wall

The home's exterior, including roof, is clad in larch boards. Inside, the floor is finished in concrete, as are the walls and roof in the basement, while rest of the home's walls and ceiling are finished in fir wood.

The interior measures 61.22 sq m (658 sq ft), and is centered around a main living area that contains seating and four beds. Nearby lies a kitchen, while a bathroom with shower were installed in the basement.

UFO's main room includes beds and a fireplace
UFO's main room includes beds and a fireplace

As well as packing the roof and basement with insulation, Hitthaler installed an underfloor heating system, energy-efficient geothermal heat pump, and ventilation systems. These, along with a large fireplace, keep the home a comfortable temperature year-round.

Source: Architect Stefan Hitthaler

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1 comment
ljaques
Cute on the outside, but it would take a special kind of person to like the inside.