Ark shelter takes you ‘into the wild’

| 16 : 30 – 28 August, 2018 |



Ark shelter, Prefab cabin, Modular cabin, Shelter, Nature photography


Termed as an escape ‘into the wild’ – The Ark shelter is 40 sq.m of prefab, sophisticated and relaxing cabin which attempts to blend into nature.

The shelter designed to be used without the need for a permanent foundation enables it to be placed just about any suitable location. Based on a open concept, the cabin allows light to pour in and let the occupants gaze out into nature. The sides of the cabin open to reveal different views of the surrounding environment. The modular cabin acting as a refuge from our busy hectic lives, the dwelling is fitted with all furniture and appliances.


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Ark shelter – refuge in the wild

Ark shelter, Prefab cabin, Modular cabin, Shelter, Nature photography

Expansive windows of the shelter lets in natural light

From the Architects – 

Nowadays we live in a world where we are extremely busy and from time to time we need to escape from it. Escape from the stress, duties and civilizations back to our roots where it all started. The past 3 years we have been working on re-designing, building and testing different types of Ark-Shelters. We want to create a place that gives you comfort in the heart of the nature and gives you the perfect setting for a detox of your mind. From this perspective we created a new Shelter type: “into the wild cabin”. With his 5 openings all around we wanted to create a visual focus of the nature all around. Each opening brings in another atmosphere of the nature.


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The module atop the shelter provides view of the sky


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The milk glass window in the bathroom gives you the all-natural incoming light you need. We’ve made an extra module which is set on the roof and has a big window so you can sleep under a sky full of stars. The Shelter¨, with its low-tech outlook facade, is created so that it attempts to blend with nature, while refining its complex and sophisticated system that automatically works with space and light.

Floor plans, CAD drawing, Elevation, Ark shelter

Floor plans, Elevation – Ark shelter


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Axonometric view – Internal spaces

Sustainability – 

Thanks to a automatic system the heating, cooling and shadings can be pre-programmed. The double-bed goes up automatically in the ceiling and beneath the bed there is a hidden jacuzzi, this creates a new relaxing area. The Shelter is sustainable and can work completely off-grid through solar panels, batteries and rain water collector.


Living space brings in views of the exterior landscape

Interior spaces – 

The 40 m2 has a central black box in the middle that creates 5 different areas, every single side is part of a particular area in the Shelter. The sliding doors in the corners create more space and the different areas can be completely divided. Thanks to the extra module on top we have more incoming light from above.


Shower and sink area next to the window


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Elevated bedroom space has glass roof


The left part of the box works as a kitchen and a relaxing zone, the back of the box has a shower and a sink next to the window. Next to the bathroom we have the big bed and the jacuzzi. The extra module on top is another bedroom that you can also easily turn into a relaxing mediation zone.


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Centrally located dining and kitchen space


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The extra bed over the jacuzzi area


This new Shelter has been a totally new challenge for us an it’s all about the details, we wanted to create a place that has it all in least possible small space but with all the possible luxury.


Ark shelter, Prefab cabin, Modular cabin, Shelter, Nature photography

Blends in the landscape


Project details – 


Project Name – Ark-shelter “Into the wild”

Location – Kysuce, North-West Slovakia, Slovakia

Lead designer’s – Michiel De Backer, Martin Mikovčák – Ark shelter studio |

Photography Credits – © BoysPlayNice Photography

Project type – Mountain shelterLodge, Guesthouse

Completion Year – 5/2018


Furniture / Products –

Table, dining table, couch and lamp – Ark-shelter

Drawing and conference table – Prostoria


Materials & finishes – 

Internal lining – Iwtrend spruce bio panel + bleaching technology

Exterior façade cladding – Spruce profiles painted with oil black color

Horizontal surfaces + furniture – Lacquered oak + beige finish

Roof – Fatrafol

Shower tray – Mirror stainless steel

Washbasin in cup – Walnut

GlazingSaint Gobain




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