Incorporating nature into design. Shelters for Hotel Bjornson by Ark-shelter

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Ark-shelter.- Michiel De Backer and Martin Mikovčák.
Project team
Architects.- Michiel De Backer, Martin Mikovčák, Viktor Mikovčák.
Collaborators Colaboradores
Engineering office.- Archekta. Hotel Bjornson team, client in role of programmatical guidance.
Built-up Area.- shelters 11 x 75 sqm, wellness modules 4 x 20 sqm. Gross Floor Area.- 905 sqm. Usable Floor Area.- 700 sqm. Plot size.- 3,600 sqm.
KVH and BSH beams for modules’ frame skeleton patented by Ark-shelter BVBA, large format spruce panels for cladding of interior walls and ceiling, oak parquet for flooring, impregnated spruce for façade cladding, lacobel milk glass for shower cladding, safety glass for fence, TPO foil for roofing, rock wool for heat insulation.
Project year.- 2019. Completion year.- 2020.
Pilkington .- insulated window glass, fences. KRONOSPAN.- main structure - OSB. Jafholz.- skeleton - KVH + BSH timber beam. Doerken.- house envelope - foils and vapour barriers. Rothoblaas.- connector screws. FOUCZECH.- ceiling infrared heating panels. Prostoria.- mobile furniture (sofas, tables and chairs). pendant lamps. Ark-shelter.- built-in closets, wardrobes and kitchens.
Low Tatras – Jasná, Demanovská dolina. Slovakia.

Martin Mikovčák, Michiel De Backer. Ark-Shelter

Ark-shelter is a Belgian-based architecture firm with the principle of being a studio for developing modular architecture, founded by Martin Mikovčák and Michiel De Backer, five years ago, in 2015.

They started as two architectural students, beginning to think about how people live their lives nowadays. In today’s fast-paced world, we've fallen into a continuous loop of pressures and deadlines that stresses and overwhelms.  They’ve found a way to escape from this stressed life and return to the roots. They believe that by incorporating nature back into our lives, people will find the break they need.

That’s how ark-shelter philosophy was born, and they built their first compact cabin. They integrated all the necessary objects we need to survive in the heart of nature, being totally off-grid with solar panels, batteries, and recovery water systems.
Today they are still moving forward as a hybrid of workshop-studio of architects and craftsmen, researching the limits of their cabin-modular building system.

They have been nominated for the Real-estate of the year 2016 awards and have received the Birdhouse startup award and the Big See Architecture Award in 2019.
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