Cartographers Retreat

Academy of Architecture Project

Edward Imhof, the cartographer, spends days scaling the mountains surrounding the Wildspitze. It is a harsh and dangerous environment filled with risks and cold. 

This cabin is inspired by a necessity for survival , calm, and warmth, but also as a place for study and retrospection.

Its verticality and structure mimick that of a tree, making it a symbolic last tree above the treeline, than placed in a mountain bowl on an alpine lake; a place distinctive from far away,  but also a full of oxygen and ease. 

The landscape flows through the house by means of water, stone, and windows integrating itself literally and figuratively.