Friday Cabins #17: Ancient Alpine Huts
Hella old mountain huts in the Italian (and French) Alps, far, far away from here
It's been another tough week considering the news, but we made it to Friday and that, at least, is cause for mini-celebration. Every week, we bring you Friday Cabins c/o Cabins Etc, a round-up of some of our fave cabin projects from the pages of Field Mag, the internet's go-to source for all things outdoors and design.
This week, we're headed far, far, away to the Italian Alps, for some good old-fashioned mountain huts. Originally built decades ago, these stone outposts are a welcome refuge for hikers and vacationers, some renovated in the fashions of today.
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Perched on rolling hills overlooking a ski village and the Italian Alps, this mountain chalet was given a modern revamp by Luconi Architetti Associati. Hoping to preserve much of the character of the exterior, the team focused their efforts on updating the interior with custom wooden furniture, a woodstove, and, a full kitchen.
An expansion to the lower level hosts a new master bedroom and kid's bunk room, designed to be more cavelike than the open floor plan with panoramic views above.
In this photo essay, Writer Zeger Dox details his experience journeying to the Charpoua Refuge, an Alpine hut perched on a rocky spur and surrounded by sharp granite peaks. The hut has served refuge-seeking alpinists since 1904, when locals from the surrounding village carried materials to the site on their backs.
Much the same as it was more than a century ago, the hut sleeps 12 people and features a stove, small kitchen, and unbeatable views.
While there are a plethora of modern cabins these days, projects of old carry a certain effortlessness and charm. Casa Garelli by architect Carlo Mollino is one of those, a 1660's mountain hut renovated two centuries later with mid-mod detailing and cheeky touches.
Mollino was a unique character, and his personality can be seen throughout the storage barn-turned country escape. Biomorphic design elements like antler-inspired chair-legs and a lampshade of butterfly wings, combine with wooden furniture and a three-story green-tiled furnace for a space that's a touch whimsical, but as always with cabins, undeniably cozy.