At 8,500 ft. above sea level, the architecture of MTN Cabin must respond to the realities of building on a mountain. To address the complexities of mountain construction, MTN Cabin proposes the use of pre-fabricated Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Panels. CLT construction is a rapidly growing industry used primarily in Europe and Canada. Recent adaptations to American code have made it possible to utilize this technology within the United States, something that could set a precedent for sustainable construction across the nation. The benefits of CLT include ease of construction, thermal regulation, carbon footprint offset, structural stability and fire resistance. Presently, a mill in Oregon, produces CLT panels, which means use of local materials and a close relationship with the manufacturer.
MTN Cabin proposes to use the modular properties of CLT by creating an 18’x32’ “module” that can then be plugged into various sites according to environmental needs, plot sizes and site condition. Each module is roughly 576 sqft., and can be configured with unlimited floor plans and programatic needs. Modules can also be attached, as shown in the proposal, to create a larger cabin. The goal of using a material like CLT is to create a language that can streamline the implementation of construction and create beautiful space.
Maintaining the cabin within the environment is of equal if not more importance to the construction. The goal is that MTN Cabin sits as lightly upon the existing landscape as possible. To achieve this, MTN cabin sits on columns elevated above grade to allow existing vegetation to remain and flourish. It is outfitted with a photovoltaic array, include low-water use fixtures, and makes use of passive ventilation and thermal mass. By being flexible with the environment, the cabin becomes part of the alpine habitat, blurring the line between architecture and nature and totally immersing the inhabitant in natural beauty.