There are few sights more awe-inspiring than looking down at the landscapes below from atop a mountain and that’s why we’ve been left so thoroughly impressed with the On Mountain Hut Cabin from Thilo Alex Brunner. This stunning piece of architecture is a real sight to behold and can be found in Maloja in the Swiss mountains. Needless to say, the mountain location of this glorious piece of architecture affords it views like no other and a relaxing spot for weary hikers to take a load off.
The On Mountain Hut Cabin from Thilo Alex Brunner is a small but perfectly formed dwelling and measures just 204 ft² which isn’t huge of course but offers more than enough space to give amazing views of the surrounding mountains and lakes below. It is situated in the Piz Lunghin, which is also known as “The Roof of Europe” – and for good reason. The On Mountain Hut Cabin sits in an idyllically remote location beside an alpine lake that is about as serene as it gets.
Positioned in a spot which is only reachable by foot, the On Mountain Hut Cabin is certainly not your average piece of architecture and it’s plain to see that an awful lot of thought and attention went into its design. Hovering at an elevation of some 8200ft, this isn’t one for those without a head for heights but, quite frankly, the views that it delivers from within are worth a spot of altitude sickness.
The Thilo Alex Brunner designed On Mountain Hut Cabin is a real testament to the architect’s design skills because it is no mean feat delivering such a compelling piece of architecture in such an inhospitable and difficult to reach location. On the inside of the cabin you’ll find that it is finished almost entirely from plywood, with this being the chosen material for creating the walls, floors, and ceiling, along with a selection of simple tables. The hut is also powered by energy from solar panels and uses natural rainwater.
These design accomplishments were achieved by installing a uniquely designed roof fixture that was purpose built to collect and filter rainwater for use, along with water collected and filtered from mountain streams. This makes the On Mountain Cabin a zero-waste hut which is both clean and contemporary and designed to leave no trace behind after it is has been deconstructed in September of this year.
Even though it’s only a temporary structure, the On Mountain Hut Cabin has captured our imagination here at Coolector HQ and is a great example of what can be achieved from an architectural point of view regardless of the terrain and location of the property. Anyone is welcome to hike up the mountain to visit the hut, but only the winners of competitions hosted by On’s retail partners as well as its employees are allowed to stay overnight.
A first class example of pop up architecture, this On Mountain Hut Cabin will be a real treat for the eyes and feet for anyone who has made the trek up Piz Lunghin and we’re loving the understated charm of the interiors which is balanced by the highly contemporary exterior of the property.