Swiss architectural practice Cimini Architettura has developed a prototype space called the Eco-Temporary Refuge, which will (should it receive backing) offer secluded retreats from where environmentally conscious tourists can view the Alps in compact comfort.
In order to get to more remote areas of mountainside beauty than previously possible, the idea is that the compact cabins are dropped by helicopter onto an appropriate site and embedded into the mountainside with the help of sturdy stilts.
The proposed design sleeps six and includes a bath, foyer and living space. A large window to the front offers extensive views and thermal curtains help to insulate the cabin at night. Melted snow would supply fresh water, while bioethanol fuel would tackle heating and cooking emergencies.
Conceived as fully solar-powered and self-sufficient, the cabins could potentially be a new frontier in alpine vacations.