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Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

Project: Shelters for Hotel Bjornson
Architects: Ark-shelter
Author: Michiel De Backer, architect; Viktor Mikovčák, architect; Martin Mikovčák, architect
Co-author: Hotel Bjornson team, client in role of programmatical guidance
Engineering office: Archekta
Project location: Low Tatras – Jasná, Demanovská dolina, Slovakia
Completion year: 2020
Built-up Area: 11 x 75 m² shelters / 4 x 20 m² wellness modules
Photographer: BoysPlayNice

Ark-shelter was asked to build a cluster of forest apartments for hotel Bjornson. The investor had a clear idea of one side oriented double cabins, placed in the surrounding of the main hotel building, which made our design solution relatively straightforward.

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

We consider the concept of placing the modules between the trees ecological, not only for the tree preservation, but also for the minimum contact of the modules with the ground due to raising them on stilts instead of laying on the classic concrete plate foundations. This allows the landscape to continuously flow under the building and breathe, while the green roof of the module doubles the biotope that lays beneath it.

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

The apartment design was based on the client’s idea of the outer shell, one sided orientation and views, that had to fit quite a large program. All buildings/cottages comprise of two independent modules, each with its own independent apartment consisting of a bedroom-living room, children’s room, entry hall and a bathroom.
Each of these two separately functioning units can be connected into one by sliding the partitioning wall of the living rooms, creating a spacious central space where two families can meet and socialize.


Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

Two of the apartments function as mirrored and shifted modules with smaller spatial changes to them, such as larger bathroom or extra balcony, enriching the apartment diversity.

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

Cottages are placed in the forest, facing away from each other into the undisturbed scenes of the forest or the ski slope. It is the immediate contact with the ski slope that creates the unique atmosphere of the resort.

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson


Guests find themselves in the forest and at the same time in the middle of the ski resort Jasná thanks to the disposition of the modules which ensure privacy and peace within arm’s reach of the main hotel building. We also designed an extension of the hotel’s restaurant and a forest wellness built from four Ark-shelter modules that form a cluster of saunas and relaxation rooms with a masseur.

interior design

We have a good collaboration with hotel Bjornson and hope that soon we will be able to present the next building stages which will finalize and connect the existing parts of the area.

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

KVH and BSH beams – modules’ frame skeleton patented by Ark-shelter BVBA
large format spruce panels – cladding of interior walls and ceiling
oak parquet – flooring
impregnated spruce – façade cladding
Lacobel milk glass – shower cladding
safety glass – fence
TPO foil – roofing
rock wool – heat insulation


Products and Brands
insulated window glass, fences — Pilkington\
main structure – OSB — KRONOSPAN\
skeleton – KVH + BSH timber beam — Jafholz\
house envelope – foils and vapour barriers — Doerken\
connector screws — rothoblaas\
ceiling infrared heating panels — FOUCZECH\
mobile furniture (sofas, tables and chairs) — Prostoria\
pendant lamps —\
built-in closets, wardrobes and kitchens — Ark-shelter\

bedroom, bathroom



Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

Shelters Designed and Crafted for Hotel Bjornson

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