Publication date: 
2019/01/18
On Thursday, 17 January, a total of six original structures were presented to the public with participation of the Faculty leadership, CTU Rector doc. Vojtěch Petráček and partner of the project, the Administration of the Krkonoše National Park. The shelters will be moved to the mountains in the spring, until then they will be displayed in front of the building of the Faculty of Architecture in Dejvice.

After successful cooperation last year, when the students produced small pedestrian bridges to Krkonoše Mountains, the KRNAP Administration entrusted them with the design and implementation of six shelters for trekking visitors. These emergency shelters are used in the mountains at footpath crossings, but there is not enough of them and some are overdue. Two shelters will replace the ones in poor technical condition and the other four will appear at newly selected locations.

The Shelter project allowed a total of 29 students and 6 lecturers from the Institute of Design II of the Faculty of Architecture to complete the whole building process from a field survey through an idea design to a realization by their own hands during one semester. The students had the task of creating a shelter where tourists could relax or hide from bad weather. The only limit was the maximum size of 16 m² of built-up area and the price, which could not exceed 60 thousand crowns per one. The project started in October, when six of the 30 proposals were selected for implementation. Students had worked on them in six teams, while majority of them had to be erected during first two weeks of January.

The result is six completely original buildings. The students took inspiration at places where the shelters are to be placed, views of the Krkonoše ridges or ordinary tourist equipment such as a tent. Proposals have to meet the demanding climate conditions and their design should employ the principle of a building kit so that they can be build repeatedly at the mountains. The students bring innovative and entertaining desings.

The clumsy succumbing cove on the White Elbe stream will be replaced by the KØMEN. Inspiration of the concept were the ridge of the Krkonoše Mountains and the nearby Balvan Waterfall. The traditional form of the shelter was inspiration for the ATÜLN design, a shelter on the Klinova trail. Its dominant feature is a window in the front wall that offers a unique view. A raised entrance opening will allow access with thick layer of snow. The outer cladding is made of burned woodboards.

For the JENGA shelter near Dvoračky, Jakub Daniel conceived a spatial concept of wooden boxes, from which it can be quickly and easily assembled and in case of damage, each module can be easily repaired or replaced. The boxes are made of solid wooden CLT panels and their dimensions allow for comfortable sitting or lying down. Facade of corrugated fiberglass protects the wooden structure.

The OKO shelter at the Rýchorské crossing is adapted for year-round use on the busy hiking trail. Thanks to its large shutters, it can be opened in summer, and the shelters becomes a refuge for the winter.

STAN, a shelter near the confluence of the Mumlava River and Lubošská creek, will serve visitors returning from the mountains back to Harrachov. Its seemingly simple concept gets a refined look with the irregular sloped roof. Jakub Kochman authored the shelter on the Slnečná hillside near Svoboda nad Úpou employing an original approach. For a minimalist cylinder-like construction, he decided to use an old steel silo he had obtained at the cost of scrap metal. The shelters could be erected thanks to the financial support of the CTU and the KRNAP Administration. The project met with great support from a number of companies that helped financially or through technical consultations. Some companies generously provided students with facilities for production and their specialists. Cooperation with the secondary schools was also very good. Following media informed about the shelters: 24zpravy.com, archiweb.cz, CT24.cz, lidovky.cz, or proglas.cz.

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