SKÝLI INVENTIVE TREKKING CABIN

SKÝLI INVENTIVE TREKKING CABIN

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Utopia Arkitekter AB
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Utopia Arkitekter AB

SKÝLI INVENTIVE TREKKING CABIN

GreenCoat by SSAB as Roofing

Shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2017 in the category ‘Leisure-led Development - Future Projects,’ the Skýli trekking cabin features sharp pyramidal shapes and a strong, durable and stable structure. The triangular gables resemble a classic tent, the most basic shelter used by trekkers worldwide. The brilliant blue Skýli color of the roof, which will be made from GreenCoat color coated steel, from SSAB, represents the Nordic light and ensures that Skýli is visible in the Nordic landscape. It will make the cabin easy to find, while at the same time creating a strong symbol for shelter and safety.


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Innovative architects that are dedicated to working with sustainable materials in their buildings are who SSAB strives to work with. One good example is Utopia Arkitekter from Stockholm, Sweden, who wants to build a trekking cabin in the mountains with a strong sustainable angle – the Skýli.


The Skýli trekking cabin features sharp pyramidal shapes, a strong, durable and stable structure and many practical details. The triangular gables resemble a classic tent, the most basic shelter used by trekkers worldwide.


The brilliant blue Skýli color of the roof, which will be made from GreenCoat® color coated steel, from SSAB, represents the Nordic light and ensures that Skýli is visible in the Nordic landscape. It will make the cabin easy to find, while at the same time creating a strong symbol for shelter and safety.


Though not yet in the construction phase, Skýli has already been noticed by peers in the world of architecture. It has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) Award 2017 in the category “Leisure-led Development - Future Projects”.


GreenCoat® color coated steel will be used in the roof because it is currently the most sustainable color coated steel product on the market, using Swedish rapeseed oil in the coating instead of fossil based oils. Since Skýli will be built in the mountains or in harsh, cold-weather environments, choosing materials for extreme weather is another important factor. Here, GreenCoat® steel products fulfill the highest demands.


They deliver extreme durability, resistance to corrosion and long color retention. Furthermore, they provide building specifiers with a significantly lighter material compared to alternative solutions and have low temperature elongation to guarantee a clean look without buckling or deformation, for years to come. 

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Shaped by the Nordic landscape

Utopia Arkitekter AB as Architects

Designed as a trekking cabin, Skýli, combines four sharply pointed pyramidal shapes into a very strong, durable, safe and stable structure that is both characteristic of, and highly visible in the landscape. The triangular gables resemble a classic tent, the most basic shelter used by trekkers worldwide. It is also the same shape frequently used in the roof structures of traditional Icelandic cabins or huts. The outer shell of Skýli is made from steel, painted in a bright blue colour that gives the cabin a strong personality that is reminiscent of the colourful urban housing architecture of contemporary Reykjavik.


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Skýli is the name of a trekking cabin designed by Utopia Arkitekter. The original concept was developed to be easily transported to remote locations along some of the most famous trekking trails on Iceland. Skýli of course means shelter in Icelandic, but this charcteristic building is not only able to withstand the most harsh weather conditions, it is a thing of beauty in itself.


Our trekking cabin, Skýli, combines four sharply pointed pyramidal shapes into a very strong, durable, safe and stable structure that is both characteristic of, and highly visible in the landscape. The triangular gables resemble a classic tent, the most basic shelter used by trekkers worldwide. It is also the same shape frequently used in the roof structures of traditional Icelandic cabins or huts.


The outer shell of Skýli is made from steel, painted in a bright blue colour that gives the cabin a strong personality that is reminiscent of the colourful urban housing architecture of contemporary Reykjavik.


The large windows create transparency which opens the cabin to the spectacular scenery of Icelandic nature, so that when sheltered inside the landscape is always present.

Skýli will stand-out in the landscape, making it visible and easy to find, while at the same time creating a strong symbol for shelter and safety. The strong character of the architecture can easily be stylized into an icon or a logotype useable for every conceivable purpose.


Skýli has two entries to be placed facing north and south respectively so that one will always be better protected from the wind. The doors are placed in the inward slanted outer shell so that they will automatically close and stay closed.

The space between the outer and inner skin create two additional rooms, one to wring out and dry clothes and one to house a compost toilet (such as a Clivus Multum or Separett).


Skýli has four activity areas: two for rest and sleep, one for cooking, mending and communication, and one for eating and storing emergency supplies. Benches to sleep on fold out from the walls. The lowest benches in each area sleep two people and can also be used as sofas. If necessary the cabin sleeps a total of 15 people, but the additional bunk beds also functions as extra storage space.


Tables, cupboards and benches are custom made, designed to fit in flat packs for easy transport and assembly. Hooks to hang supplies and gear are placed along the walls. On the floor at the center of the cabin a compass is printed for basic orientation.

In an emergency situation trekkers will be able to rest, find food supplies as well as first aid and basic medical equipment. The cabin has a solar panel and a battery for limited energy storage. The energy generated will cover basic needs for lighting, charging of phones etc during periods with enough sunlight. In bad weather when the solar panel and battery is not sufficient, light, electricity and satellite communication devices can be charged by a hand crank generator.


Rainwater collected from the roof is filtered into self-draining containers in the outer shell and supplies the cabin with water that can be used for washing, and once purified, cooking and drinking.


Heating is generated by the people inhabiting the cabin. Small manually regulated vents will be installed throughout the 4 areas. The cooking facility is powered by LPG and the gas can also be used for heating when needed.


By using IoT devices the status of supplies and facilities can be checked remotely ensuring that deliveries and servicing only has to happen when necessary and when weather conditions are favourable.


When help is needed a red alert lamp mounted on the roof can be switched on with the help of a hand crank generator regulated from within the cabin.


The cabin will be mounted on a system of plinths laid out on the ground, and adjusted to create a level and stable foundation. With the plinth system we minimise the imprint of the construction on nature, and make it possible to erect the cabin virtually anywhere.

The construction combines an inner and outer shell, creating a sheltered space in between. The inner shell, furniture and fittings are made solely from CLT, cross laminated timber, chosen for its durability, insulating properties, cost efficiency and sustainability. The outer shell, mounted on a lightweight stud frame, is made from steel – a material proven to withstand the harsh and changeable Icelandic climate.


This material was chosen due to its durability and low thermal expansion ensuring a limited movement even with great variations in temperature between the summer and winter seasons. The steel is painted using a paint made from Swedish rapeseed oil that is highly resistant to corrosion, UV radiation as well as scratches.


The windows, 4 in each gable, are triangular shaped to maximise strength and durability. They are triple-glazed for insulation and come in two sizes for cost efficiency. Outer and inner shells, the stud framed walls as well as windows will be pre-fabricated, packed for efficient delivery by helicopter and designed for quick and easy assembly on site. We estimate the time for assembly to take 2-3 days.



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