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The H̦rnligrat is one of the most famous ridges in all of mountaineering, the beautiful, dramatic, and remarkable aesthetic northeast ridge of the Matterhorn. And tucked in the middle of the H̦rnligrat is one of the most dramatically located cabins anywhere in the world Рthe Solvay Hut.

Named for Ernest Solvay, a Belgian industrialist who paid for the first hut erected on the site in 1915, the structure has 10 beds and a radiophone. It’s designed is for emergencies only, but who’s to say what constitutes an “emergency”? More than 500 people have died on the Matterhorn (first climbed in 1865, via this ridge), and when the weather goes nasty the ridge can turn treacherous, but low blood caffeine could also constitute a crisis requiring overnight replenishment.

In the photo below, you can see the hut in the notch in the center of the frame.


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Photos via Summit Post.

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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