OFIS Architects Tests Resistance to Extreme Weather With a Cantilevered Mountaintop Pavilion

OFIS Architects, the Slovenian architecture studio that brought the A+Award-winning Alpine Shelter, has brought another experimental pavilion to the Slovenian mountains. The Winter Mountain in Kanin is an experiment to test an architectural structure against extreme weather conditions. Perched precariously on the craggy cliffs of Kanin Mountain, the small wooden capsule is cantilevered off the mountain face, anchored by a series of chords. Accessible only by climbing or helicopter, the installation provided a challenge in itself for the architecture studio. The cantilevered structure was motivated by a desire to have as little interference with the natural landscape as possible. The interior is lined with warm timber paneling, and long windows provide panoramic views of the mountain range beyond. Read more from OFIS about the execution of this daring structure: “The research for the Cabin was initiated by OFIS arhitekti and CBD structural engineers in collaboration with PZS, PD Bovec, JZS, Permiz d.o.o. and Ortar in Jerman d.o.o. to develop self-contained wooden shells, which resist extreme conditions on top of the mountain. The challenge is to install real objects — shelters at 1:1 scale — on remote sites and study their responses to extreme weather, radical temperature ...
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