Kežmarská chata

Kežmarská chata

Kežmarská Chata, Kezmarska Hut

ATELIER 8000 participated in the international architectural competition for a new Kežmarská chata (the Kezmarska Hut) in the High Tatras.

From the architect, ATELIER 8000:


The competition entry developed by our studio proposes a succinct shape of a simple cube which is seated on one of its vertices and aims at inducing a feeling of lightness and randomness in the observer. Due to its position within the landscape the cuboid evokes an erratic block left behind by the retreating glacier. In the context of mountain peaks the sharp edges of the building merge into the outline of the neighbouring rocks when viewed from distance and thus naturally join the landscape of the site.

Thanks to the positioning of the construction, three sides of the facade are visible from any viewing point, which amplifies the play of light and shadows – the same effect which can be observed on the neighbouring rocks. The glass surfaces of windows and photovoltaic panels along with the light transparency of the metal plating complete the whole picture of the site with a touch of glimmer – just like the glints and reflections which can be observed on the surface of a mountain lake or on thawing ice.

The construction is built with glued laminated timber beams made from larch wood.

The aluminium facade system is designed in the form of square panels. The dimensions of the individual elements of the facade are designed in the module of 1x1m to facilitate easy handling and transport to the building site.

Function of the individual floors:

Underground floor – garage for the snowmobile, staff entrance, ski storage, drying room, boots + backpacks, restaurant restrooms, technologies

Ground floor – restaurant, deck

1st -2nd floor – accommodation

attic – sleeping accommodation for emergency needs, meditation room


The design of the individual technical facilities of the building aims at meeting the demanding targets of energy sustainability of the hut. In terms of its energy generation and consumption the hut has been developed as a passive building.

The shape and orientation of the hut are adapted to utilise the solar energy to the maximum possible extent. The parts of the facade with energy generation units are oriented southwards and eastwards and face the sunrays directly. Therefore, the solar energy is fully utilised via the photovoltaic panels, thermal solar collectors, and also by direct solar gains through the glazing of the windows. 

Project details




Planning: 2014;


Completion: will not be built


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narendra.wify 26. October 2016 - 14:30

The structures and designs you develop are simply fantastic. In, there are many such designs but it is the implementation that you guys make that is important. It is what others lack and you possess in abundance.