Ever wondered what the coolest way to enjoy winter might be? The Kanin Winter Cabin, a tiny sliver of a house resting on the edge of a rocky ridge in the Slovenian Alps, could be the answer to your wildest frozen fantasy.
Designed by OFIS Arhitekti, the 104-square-foot cabin is located on Mount Kanin, along the Slovenian-Italian border. The sylph-like shelter was built from a complex composite of glass, aluminium panels and cross-laminated timber, reports Deezen.
Offering a majestic panoramic view of the valley below, the minimalist interior is lined entirely with timber, with just three resting platforms and one hunting trophy for decor. It can accommodate up to nine alpinists.
Before we get you too excited, disclaimer: Unfortunately, the cabin is owned by the architecture firm and isn't up for grabs - but we're hoping its sleek design and durability will encourage more similarly wondrous homes. Currently, only climbers and helicopters can gain entry into the shelter due to its risky location.
While cliffside houses and other cantilevered homes and restaurants are nothing new, this winter cabin may just top them all, because it was created to withstand extreme elements even with its tiny frame.
Developed in partnership with engineering company CBD, the Kanin Winter Cabin was transported via airlift and positioned curiously on the lip of a ledge by the Slovenian army, which, after three attempts, finally was able to secure the structure with cables.
"The challenge is to install real objects on remote sites and study their response to extreme weather, radical temperature shifts, snow and rugged terrain," OFIS Arhitekti told Dezeen. "The harsh conditions of wind, snow, landslides, terrain and weather require a response of specific architectural forms, structures and concept."
Apparently, that challenge was accepted, and so far, it's been achieved. Take a closer at the impressive structure below.