The trekking cabin sits lightly on the landscape, on thin 40mm helical piles driven into the earth. The cabin with its pitched form is aesthetically minimal in its appearance, and the distinct contrast between materials is a clear representation of the program within. As the occupants arrive the cabin, they ascend the stair into a structure that is divided in 2 zones:
I) Services: this zone contains all the basic programs for living, including sleeping rooms, restrooms, a kitchen, storage areas and mechanical areas. The mechanical areas are capable of producing energy and clean water to sustain occupants without the necessity of creating a footprint. In terms of materiality, the service areas are clad in light colored wood, and the exterior appears a minimal dwelling structure, with openings appearing only where functionally necessary, and a dark steel entry stair suspended just above the ground.
II) Theater: this dark zone acts as a theater and facilitates the singular function of viewing. Blackout curtains may be drawn around like a theater, where the glass wall becomes the interface to the immediate landscape situated outside the cabin. The large glass wall is reflective on the dark exterior, refocusing its appearance back onto the landscape itself and denying its visual and physical impact.