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Skýli, the ideal removable shelter you can carry (almost) everywhere

Designed by Utopia Arkitekter, the Skýli trekking cabin can be mounted in every weather condition. Tested on the harsh Icelandic nature


Skýli, a new, portable trekking mountain cabin by Utopia Arkitekter

Utopia Arkitekter have designed the ideal mountain cabin for trekkers and nature lovers. Its name is Skýli, and, once entered, you can say goodbye to any adventure-related idea. Skýli means literally “shelter” in Icelandic, as revealed by its relatively low weight and the possibility to carry and mount it practically anywhere. Its pointed shape, though, is a clear homage to the capital Reykjavik’s modern architectures. 

Skýli has clearly nothing to do with a customary tent to mount and dismantle at every step of the itinerary. It is something of a safe haven, the starting and arrival point for expeditions “into the wild”, designed to combine functionality and comfort in every detail.

Equipped with an ample triangular window, the shelter literally lets in Iceland’s frozen landscape, while two entries – one facing north, the other south – ensure that at least one of them will always be better protected from the wind. Divided into four main areas, the space between the exterior shell and interior wall creates two further rooms, extremely useful for storing materials or hanging the clothes out to dry. Two of the tent’s four areas are especially dedicated to relaxation and rest, and can host up to 15 beds that can be also employed as many sofas according to need. The two remaining areas work as cooking, eating and communication spaces. All furnishings have been especially designed to be easily stowed and transportable. 

Photo credits © www.mir.no

In case of particularly bad weather, trekkers will be able to rest, find food supplies as well as first aid and basic medical equipment. For still more serious necessities, a red light can be mounted atop the wooden cabin’s roof. A solar panel and a battery ensure limited energy storage that can be integrated with a hand crank generator. Rainwater collected from the roof is filtered and can be used for washing, cooking and drinking. Heating is generated by people within the cabin, while the cooking facility gas can also be used for heating when climate gets too harsh.

Supported by a system of plinths laid out on the ground, Skýli exerts minimum impact on the environment. Its building materials are made solely from CLT (cross laminated timber, editor’s Note), chosen for its insulating properties and lightness, while the outer shell is made of steel, which guarantees low thermal expansion, cladded by a paint made from rapeseed oil that is highly resistant to corrosion and UV radiation. Estimated time for assembling it all: two to three days. 


by Stefano Annovazzi Lodi / 29 November 2017


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