A Hideaway Planned for Slovakia’s Malá Fatra Mountains Draws Inspiration From the Great Outdoors

A Hideaway Planned for Slovakia’s Malá Fatra Mountains Draws Inspiration From the Great Outdoors

By Marissa Hermanson
Planned for a site in western Slovakia’s Malá Fatra Mountains, this contemporary cabin is designed to embrace the surrounding natural habitat.

This modern cabin is planned for a site nestled in a pine tree forest along a small creek on the south-facing side of a mountain. Matika Architecture, an architectural studio based in Prague, Czech Republic, designed the home with nature in mind. The 1,130-square-foot cabin will be made from organic materials like "pure" wood, stone, and glass to help it blend in with its natural surroundings. 

Rocks sourced from a local quarry will create a supportive stone wall that cuts into the sloped terrain.

Residents will be able to close the home's wood shutters to create a seamless exterior.

The ground floor will consist of an open-concept living space with a lounge and kitchen, along with the master suite and a large storage area for outdoor recreational equipment.

On the ground floor, the main living area will consist of an open-concept kitchen and lounge.

Floor-to-ceiling windows strategically placed along the main living room’s south-facing wall will offer up panoramic views of the property. They will also maximize daylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

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A wall of windows will provide an abundance of natural light.

Central to the first-floor living area is a stone facade fireplace with an adjacent bench. In addition to heating the home in the winter months, the chimney will also warm well water in conjunction with a heat pump.

An organic color scheme and materials echo the great outdoors.

Throughout the interior, blonde wood and a neutral, earthy color scheme add to the home’s atmosphere of peace and quiet.

Built-in window seats in the bedrooms will provide perches to view the cabin's natural surroundings.

The second floor will house visiting friends and family with two bedrooms and a bathroom. In the bedrooms, window sills will double as perches to view nature. The windows are designed so that they can be sealed off with folding wood shutters, giving the mountain hut’s exterior a seamless wood facade.

Two bedrooms upstairs will house visiting guests.

A large deck on the second floor will offer views of the property. The cabin's green roof—angled to echo the property’s sloped terrain—will create a habitat for wildlife. 

Matika Architecture is currently awaiting planning approval for the project, and they hope to begin construction soon.

A sprawling deck on the second story takes up more than half the footprint of the home.

The home will be tucked into the woods in western Slovakia's Malá Fatra mountains.

Project Credits:

Architect of Record, Interior Design, Landscape Design: Matika Architecture /  @matikaarchitecture

Structural Engineer: HSD Statika

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