An Alpine Cabin That Rocks

Meet Antoine, a cabin disguised as a rock. Or, perhaps, a sculpture disguised as a cabin disguised as a rock.


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Meet Antoine, a cabin disguised as a rock. Or, perhaps, a sculpture disguised as a cabin disguised as a rock.

Antoine was commissioned by the Verbier 3-D Foundation, an artists’ residency located in Switzerland, to be placed near its sculpture garden located at 2,300 meters, in the midst of Verbier’s famous pistes (and off-pistes).

Why “Antoine”?

Geneva-based architect Bureau A writes, “The mountains have the power to call for feelings of fascination and fear at the same time. Switzerland has a strong tradition of observing the Alps, living with them, hiding inside them. The awe and the anxiety that this monumental landscape appeals is reflected in the writings of Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, one of the most important Swiss writers. His novels, Derborence, describes the massive rock fall that covered the pastures of the valley of Lizerne in 1714. Antoine, the main character, survives seven weeks under the rocks before he manages to reach his village, and life.”

The cabin is part of an exhibition called Mutations: Contemporary Sculpture in Context, which runs through July 5, 2016.

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Photos by Dylan Perrenoud


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

    here’s to hoping it’s secured well… or it could become an interesting ride to the bottom.

  • Steve-O
    Reply

    Now THIS is what a mountain hut should be…unlike all the yuppie architectural fantasies so often highlighted for their ‘sense of place’.

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