In Kamnik-Savinja Alps, Slovenia, grew a new shelter – Bivouac under the Skuta Mountain, which was developed with the participation of OFIS architects and students from Harvard University under the supervision of Rok Oman and Špela Videčnik.
Due to the harsh conditions such as wind, snow, landslides, rugged terrain, scorching sun and wild storms, projects in mountains represent a special challenge for architects.
Bivouac is meant as a temporary shelter from bad weather or as a place to rest after exceptionally strenuous climbing or hiking tours.
External design and the selected materials were well thought through because it all has to withstand especially rigorous weather conditions. The interior space provides shelter and lodging for those who take refuge in it.
New bivouac under a starry sky is indispensable for mountain lovers
Bivouac is composed of three parts. The input module is designed for entry, storing equipment and with a handy counter for preparing a meal. The central part enables sleep while benches offer a place to socialize. The last part features a sleeping area.
Windows at both ends offer beautiful panoramic views of the valley and Skuta Mountain.
Almost all of the participants worked on this project as volunteers out of their respect and love for mountains. Their main goal was to make a new alpine shelter that would serve hikers for many years to come.