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Destination: Ark Shelter Houses at Hotel Bjornson, Slovakia

Photography by boysplaynice, courtesy of Design Boom


Ark Shelter is a collection of architects who are collaborating to “reinvent the way people live their lives.”

“In today’s fast world, society has fallen into a continuous loop of pressure and deadlines that forces stress and burn-outs. People are not following their own senses, and become slaves of artificially set timings and technology. This is why we’re losing connection with our biological roots.”

Dwellings created by Ark are simple, with basic forms and a minimum of technology, the idea being that their inhabitants can return to a simpler way of life in which they are more in touch with nature. In an Ark Shelter, your body is allowed to return to a natural biorhythm, falling asleep to the stars and waking up with the sun.


Hotel Bjornson, Slovakia

In a recent project for their Slovakian client, Hotel Bjornson, Ark Shelter created a cluster of modest and modern cabins (in their signature style) which were placed in a beautiful forested setting.

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To keep their environmental impact to a minimum, the architects utilized an existing clearing and constructed the cabins on stilts, minimizing disturbance to the surrounding ground and allowing the natural landscape to evolve underneath the structures. Each dwelling is comprised of two separate living spaces that can be combined by simply moving a wall partition.

Included amongst the dwellings are a handful of Ark Shelter modules which have been set up as saunas and relaxation rooms.


Learn more about Ark Shelter here, or book a stay in the Ark Shelter houses at Hotel Bjornson.


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When he's not publishing campervan content or gear reviews on ExPo, Matt Swartz is honing his paragliding skills, hiking a 14er, or exploring the backroads of Colorado. His love of travel has seen him bike across the United States, as well as explore more exotic destinations like the Amazon basin and Patagonia. Matt spent three years living in a 1964 RV with his partner, Amanda. He's worked as an Interpretive Ranger and Wildland Firefighter and his photography and writing has been published in Rova Magazine, the Leatherman blog, 'Hit The Road' by Gestalten Publishing, and Forbes.