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This cabin has great views - because it hangs off a cliff

It can only be reached by climbing or helicopter.
Dec 29th 2016, 6:00 PM 19,961 16

THIS NINE-BED cabin may be only accessible by mountain climbing or helicopter, but it has great views.

It also hangs off a cliff, overlooking a valley in the Julian Alps on the Slovenian/Italian border. It is above Bovec, a resort town and home to World War I battles.

Designed by Ofis Architects, the mountain cabin is on Mount Kanin and can sleep nine people.

According to the architects, the challenge was to “install real objects, shelters in 1:1 on remote sites and study their response to extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, snow and rugged terrain”.

WINTER-CABIN-MOUNT-KANIN_OFIS_FOTO@ALES-GREGORIC_21_ Source: Ales Gregoric

They say that the volunteer-built, donation-stocked cabin is a “compact wooden volume organised with three floor resting platforms”.

“These platforms are hanging towards the valley and a large glazed panoramic window offers astonishing views. A cantilevered overhang, resting part of the cabin, reaches the smallest footprint on the rock. The interior design dictates modesty, subordinate to the function, providing accommodation for up to nine mountaineers.

“The cabin settlement and transportation was an extremely difficult task, (which) was realised by a Slovene Armed Forces helicopter crew. Bad weather and unexpected events lead to the cabin being placed and fixed on site at the third attempt.”

WINTER-CABIN-MOUNT-KANIN_OFIS_FOTO@ALES-GREGORIC_26_ Source: Ales Gregoric

While the inside is modest, the cabin can hold nine mountaineers and doesn’t seem like a bad place to spend a night – if you have the stomach.

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