To replace old or damaged mountain shelters, a Bulgarian design studio reimagined the traditional refuges with a focus on sustainability, materiality, and technology. The team's Smart Mountain Shelters are constructed from four aluminum modules. The pieces can be delivered to remote locations via a helicopter and then assembled on site. When not in use, the structure will be in Relax mode, quietly blending into the surrounding landscape. Once severe weather hits, it will transition to Find Me mode where flashing lights and alarms signal passing climbers. The final stage is Rescue Me mode. Upon entry, visitors will automatically be connected with rescue teams through direct video while a floor heating system powered by solar and wind energy is activated. A series of hammocks hung throughout the interior provide a place to relax or rest while waiting for help to arrive. The first prototype was designed for the Bulgarian Antarctic Institute and is set to be installed in Vitosha by fall 2018.
Photos: Lusio Architects