Alpine Hut By OFIS Architects

A sustainable modification within existing borders and volumes

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A hut is located in a small Alpine village part of the Triglav national park, a community with very strict rules on construction and architectural design. The client bought the site and a project with construction permit. The request of the client was to modify the project within the borders and volumes of an existing project. Basically, the main task was to give the hut a new look, create a new veranda around the house and position the openings towards the views and increasing its sustainability.

▼小屋位于特里格拉夫国家公园,the hut is located in a small village part of the Triglav national park


The given volume of the house is 6×11 meters with 42 degree pitched roof. Also the other external dimensions and material types remained from the existing project. Additional elements such as wooden columns raised hanging terrace and façade patterns are based on local traditional typology. The concept keeps a dialogue with its surroundings, especially nearby old hayrack barns rather than local houses. On the other, tries to reinstate a new definition and reinterpretation of a generic alpine hut.

▼外部材料保持现状,新增的木柱也遵循了当地的传统,the material types remained from the existing project and the additional wooden columns are based on local traditional typology

▼小屋与旁边的草棚保持对话,the concept keeps a dialogue with its nearby old hayrack barns


Interior organization suits the needs of the family and is very rational. The central staircase rotates around the fireplace that heats both floors. There are 3 bedrooms, a bath with sauna on the top floor and minimal corridors. The ground floor is an open plan room with a kitchen; dining and living; storage is under the staircas.

▼卧室位于顶层,bedrooms are on the top floor

▼带有桑拿房的浴室,a bath with sauna

▼厨房和餐厅位于一层,kitchen and restaurant are on the ground floor



The level is partially lower so that the window sill becomes a seating surface offering views toward the mountains. Large corner window is positioned towards the south, so during sunny winter days no heating is required. Extra thermal insulation is put between the wooden cladding – both in exterior and interior, foil behind the wood absorbs the heat of the sun and transmits it onto the walls. The upper floor is cantilevered over the front of the ground floor and acts as a sun protector in the summer. Rain water is collected from the roof and transported through vertical pipes which are inserted into wooden beams.

▼南向的宽阔拐角窗户,large corner window is positioned towards the south

▼冬季的晴天无需供暖,during sunny winter days no heating is required


▼悬挑的顶层空间在夏季可抵御阳光,the upper floor is cantilevered and acts as a sun protector in summer


▼总平面图,site plan



▼新旧立面对比,the alteration of elevations


▼结构细部,construction detail

location: Stara Fuzina near Bohinj Lake, Slovenia
status: commission 2007, construction start 2008, completed 2009
program: alpine hut / one-family house
details: rural alpine environment, passive housing, low energy consumption
type: alpine hut
client: private
area:105 m2
materials: stone, wood, glass, cement slates
project team: Rok Oman, Spela Videcnik, Tomaz Gregoric , Andrej Gregoric, Anna Breda
technical team
Structural engineering: Projecta d.o.o.
Mechanical engineering: I.S.P. d.o.o.
Electrical engineering: I.S.P. d.o.o.
photo@Tomaz Gregoric

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