Proposed mountain hostel by Atelier 8000
looks like it has crashed into the Earth


This giant cube that appears to have landed on its side in the mountains is a proposal by Czech studio Atelier 8000 for a facilities building in Slovakia's High Tatras peaks (+ slideshow).

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000

With the "succinct shape of a simple cube" that appears to have been dropped at random onto the snowy landscape, Atelier 8000's design would create dining and accommodation for people trekking across Slovakia's highest mountain range.

"Due to its position within the landscape the cuboid evokes an erratic block left behind by the retreating glacier," said the design team.

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000

"In the context of mountain peaks the sharp edges of the building merge into the outline of the neighbouring rocks when viewed from distance and thus naturally join the landscape of the site."

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000

According to the designers, the orientation of the structure would allow three sides of it to be visible from any given point around its perimeter.

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000

Each of these surfaces would present a square grid, made up of photovoltaics, windows and aluminium panels, in an arrangement designed to generate as much solar energy as possible and minimise the building's carbon footprint.

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000

"The glass surfaces of windows and photovoltaic panels along with the light transparency of the metal plating complete the whole picture of the site with a touch of glimmer – just like the glints and reflections which can be observed on the surface of a mountain lake or on thawing ice," said the designers.

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000

Atelier 8000 developed the proposal for the Kežmarská Hut architectural competition, which asked applicants to design a building offering accommodation, a restaurant, a medical facility, skiing storage and a garage for a snowmobile.

The competition was won by a team made up of architects Karel Havliš, Filip Havliš, David Zámečník and Ondřej Novosad, so Atelier 8000's concept is now unlikely to make it off the drawing board.

Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000
Section one – click for larger image
Kežmarské Hut by Atelier 8000
Section two – click for larger image
  • shradhamis

    Such a shame it won’t get built. It’s a unique, creative and attractive design!

  • Juraj Mikurcik

    Thank god this did not win the competition. It gives me vertigo just looking at the images. By the way, the winner was’t ‘Architektonická Sútaž’, but a Czech team: Doc.Ing.arch. Karel Havliš, Ing. arch. Filip Havliš, Ing.arch. David Zámečník, Ing. arch. Ondřej Novosad.

    • Thanks Juraj for spotting that mistake, we’ve now corrected the story. Amy/Dezeen

  • The interior spaces are jarring, likely to induce severe vertigo, especially at elevation.

    From the exterior, the project is powerful. It really gives the sense of a timeless object, left for a millennia, appearing from the snow pack.

  • Concerned

    I recommend Dezeen readers to have a look at the Monte Rosa Hutte in Valais, Switzerland. A good example of efficient and straightforward architecture in the mountains. In mountain conditions efficient design is a paramount . This project goes absolutely in the opposite direction:

  • So much efficiency is sacrificed for so little originality.

  • spadestick

    This is truly noteworthy.

  • Concerned Citizen

    I’m usually skeptical about such structures, but this one has me mesmerised. I think the impact with the earth could be better defined. For example, the entrance should be through a mix of earthen rubble and broken building parts, without the deck.

  • DAndrew

    Monolithic in nature.

  • 1974 called, it wants its schtick back.

  • Freddy Garcia

    Art-chitecture, very surreal. It needs to be matched with some spiral lines indoors, the hallucination will be total. I like it, very artistic concept. If there is the money and the space, why not?

  • flatlander

    The Borg have arrived! I like it. Located in the open it’s very effective. They could build up a berm around it and place large rocks to simulate ejecta from an impact.