This boulder-like structure holds a secret rest spot inside. The naturalist design resembles the surrounding mountainside, and many hikers would not see it. But those who know the Swiss Alps, and perhaps a little about architecture, might be able to distinguish its concrete form and find the side door.
The curious design was created by the Swiss studio Bureau A. Named Antione after a character in Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz’s novel Derborence, the project takes inspiration from his story of surviving a landslide while trapped between rocks.
Bureau A’s interpretation, although precariously positioned where rocks could fall, provides wandering mountaineers with a far more comfortable hideaway. The wood-lined cabin is lit by a small window and skylight, heated by a wood stove, and furnished with a pull-out dining table, seating, and cots. The design offers just basic comforts, but, for travelers, the shelter will likely be a rare and welcome treat.
Photography is by Dylan Perrenoud