The Mountain Refuge

The Mountain Refuge Cabin Concept Requires a Helicopter

Slogging through months of work to put together a get-away cabin can be a frustrating and difficult experience. That’s why we’re seeing an increase in prefabricated and modular cabins in the market. This popular alternative does have one drawback, however. You still have to get the modules up the mountain and to the build-site, and if that’s a remote location, you might be in a bit of trouble. But Italian architects Paolo Danesi and Massimo Gnocchi have created a system called “The Mountain Refuge” that can be taken anywhere. It’s designed to be airlifted in via helicopter and dropped on-site as full-assembled units. No fuss, no muss.

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The Mountain Refuge kitchen hacks

The idea is still in the concept phase, but the cabin is imagined as wooden modules that have their own self-contained structures. That structure means that the different modules can be linked together in various ways, making it possible to customise your cabin to meet your needs. Danesi and Gnocchi designed the cabins to enhance the inhabitant’s connection to the natural surroundings, which can be in part accomplished via a glazed wall that provides ample views of the world outside of the cabin. The Mountain Refuge is designed with these floor-to-ceiling, five-sided windows on the forward and rear faces. The roofs are done in a steep 50-degree angle.

The Mountain Refuge mini kitchen

The interior is done simply with plywood, which helps to brighten the dwelling overall. A hanging fireplace serves as a focal point for the 258 square feet of interior space. A 129 square foot module can be added, and additional floor plans are available. The modules don’t require any foundation work or poured concrete, so you really can set this cabin up just about anywhere. The exterior is treated with black pine tar to waterproof it, and to provide a classic Scandinavian aesthetic. The Mountain Refuge is designed to be completely off-grid with photovoltaic cells, or you can connect to water and electricity. Each of the modules will vary in price from USD$40,000 to $50,000, depending on the floor plan and on the location where it will be delivered.

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The Mountain Refuge log chair

The Mountain Refuge bedroom

The Mountain Refuge log table and chair


Mr Mark Jessen

Mark Jessen studied English at Brigham Young University, completing a double emphasis in creative writing and professional writing/editing. After graduating, Mark went to work for a small publisher as their book editor. After a brief time as a freelance writer, Mark entered the corporate world as a copywriter. These days, his hours are spent mostly in proofing and editing, though he continues to create content for a wide variety of projects. In 2017, Mark completed UCLA's Creative Writing Certification. A prolific writer, Mark has over 20 years of experience in journalism.