Eco Friendly Alpine Huts Provide Shelter for Trekkers
Koko Architects have a created a set of small prefabricated cabins in the mountains of Soddatjørn, Norway. Located along the Rogaland hiking trail, they are completely off-grid utilizing solar energy for lighting, wood burning and gas stoves for heating and cooking. Potable water can be sourced from the streams and lake where the cabins are located. The set of buildings are comprised of a main building, sleeping cabins, a toilet with storage room, and a sauna. The alpine huts can house a total of 30-35 trekkers at one time.
The cabins join a set other 35 self-catering mountain lodges in the area that are headed by the Stavenger Tourism Association. To occupy one of these dwellings, it is built on a trust system: each person leaves money for the accommodation in a box inside the lodge or fills in an invoice form with their personal information. Since the lodges are mostly a long way from roads and traffic and difficult to get to, it is also the task of the visitors to take care of the visitors coming after them: everyone replenishes the food supply, brings firewood and cleans the lodge before they leave.
Due to its isolated location, the use of durable materials were important in its construction to minimize maintenance and upkeep. The exterior of the buildings were rolled in zinc to provide shielding against wind and snow thereby allowing for extra durability for decades. The interior is composed of locally sourced wood to create a sense of warmth for visitors. Floor to ceiling windows provide inhabitants with expansive views of the lake and mountains.
Click the thumbnails below for a closer look into this mountain getaway.