The Huba Mountain Shelter Leaves No Carbon Footprint

Huba Mountain ShelterHuba Mountain Shelter

Based on traditional Alpine architecture--a sort-of modern twist on the chalet--the Huba Mountain Shelter was designed, by Malgorzata Blachnicka and Michal Holcer, to be completely self sufficient. It is a compact structure that minimizes its impact on the surrounding environment.

Inside HubaInside Huba

Intersecting planes, with no right angles, and small windows feeding in sunlight to break up the planes on the walls give the inside of the Huba structure a dynamic character. The glass in the windows is frosted, so as to give a sense of privacy. 

There are four resting places in this shelter, including two hanging beds hidden in the walls, a washbasin, built-in water heater and LED strip lights to provide illumination after sun down.

Huba's LayoutHuba's Layout

Those lights get their power from an effective vertical wind turbine. The energy produced by the generator is stored within a battery, which runs not only the lights but the building's heating and water pump. 

Not only does the Huba Mountain Shelter harness its own energy via wind, but its roof tiles are specially arranged to allow rainwater to run into the rainwater collection tank. The tank is equipped with a filter, so collected rainwater is safe for drinking. 

Dropping Off HubaDropping Off Huba

The Huba Mountain Shelter was designed to be located above 3,200 feet, where the average wind speed is around 12-13mph. Getting it to such a height shouldn't be too big of a problem if you have access to a helicopter. 

The Huba is only a concept design now, but perhaps soon a Huba Mountain Shelter could find a home on the top of a mountain. 

Source: Designboom Huba Mountain Shelter