Four years ago this month, mountain guide Luca Vuerich was killed in an avalanche. In his honor, his family commissioned architect Giovanni Pesamosca to design a simple, utilitarian mountain refuge, reminiscent of a chapel, to be located in the Julian Alps on one of the most dramatic ridges imaginable.

A helicopter ferried materials to the site, and then 12 men built the rifugio in a single day. It features a steep roof to shed snow, bunks for nine, and a carving of a mountain climber on the door to honor Vuerich.

Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.


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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.