Anyone who grew up with a Rubik’s cube will be curious to step into the proposed Kežmarské Hut, a cube-shaped sustainable mountain lodge that looks like a giant has casually tossed it into a snowdrift in the High Tatra Mountains of Slovakia.
Prague-based architecture firm Atelier 8000 designed the lodge for an international competition. Looking whacky wasn’t enough – made from aluminum, glass and solar panels, the futuristic structure is designed to function completely off the grid, even at such a high altitude. This is where the balancing act of the lodge – it is perched up on one corner comes in, as this creates more coverage for the solar panels to face south and east.
The five-storey building includes extensive ski storage space, two floors of guest rooms, a restaurant and a deck that wraps around the lodge on two sides. The top floor or attic acts as a meditation room – a place where you can seriously contemplate the crazy angles of the walls and windows – or additional accommodation space that offers amazing views over the mountains.