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Lushna Petite Cabins

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Lushna Petite Cabins
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Lushna Petite eco Cabins in Kamping Koren Kobarid Slovenia


  • We designed and build 4 Lushna Petite Cabins adapted to the local natural and cultural environment that elevate the offer of existing camping Koren to the level of the 4-star hotel - a safe, intimate and comfortable space where urban guests can explore and reconnect to natural environment.
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Does your project address mainly urban or rural issues?
It addresses urban-rural linkages
Does your project refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to a physical transformation of the built environment ('hard investment')
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Please provide a summary of your project
  • For Kamping Koren in Kobarid Slovenia, we designed and build simple ecological wooden structures Lushna Petite Cabins that combine traditional use of wood with new trends and demand on the market and in the society. 


  • We designed and build 4 Lushna Petite Cabins adapted to the local natural and cultural environment that elevate the offer of existing camping Koren to the level of the 4-star hotel - a safe, intimate and comfortable space where urban guests can explore and reconnect to the natural environment and themselves.
Please indicate the main themes of your project with 5 key words
Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of sustainability (including circularity) and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context
  • Eco Building Material - it's all about wood
    • The Cabins construction material is Spruce wood.
    • Interior cladding is Spruce wood 2 quality - visible knots.
    • Ventilated Facade and Roof material is untreated Larch wood that ages gracefully, turns grey after a year or two, and blends into the natural environment.
    • We use wood-chip eco insulation.
    • We don't use any exotic woods
  • Small footprint
    • We think of cabins like a dispersed hotel.
    • In comparison to the same level hotel room we used 1/3 of space due to condensed room layout (we don't have to follow hotel regulations) and dispersed hotel logic - no hallways, stairs, elevators... have to be built.
  • A gentle approach to the site and its vegetation during the process of building.
    • Cabins are delivered completely finished in one piece and positioned on the pre-prepared foundation in a few hours. There is minimal impact on the building site's natural environment.
  • ECO Foundation - ground screws (standard solution not used in this project)
      • Standard foundation options are ground screws. This technology enables us to build the foundation without leveling the terrain or performing extensive digging. We can position the cabins in the direct vicinity of the trees without damaging their root systems.
    • In this project, we had to use a standard concrete foundation because the foundation ground was artificially leveled a few years before our intervention and was not stable enough for this solution. 
  • Micro positioning
    • We micro-positioned the Lushna Petite cabins and their foundation on location according to the existing terrain and vegetation avoiding unnecessary cutting of already existing trees. You can see in the pictures that some of the trees were incorporated into the terraces.
  • Local economy
    • With this typology, we enable the local hospitality to considerably upscale their offer without high investments. 
Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context
  • Privacy - the cave principal
    • In the process of designing the Lushna Petite cabin, the main challenge was to find the balance between privacy and openness to the natural environment.
    • We achieved this by opening the Lushna Petite Cabins completely with a full glass wall on the short side and no openings on the side.
    • Our goal is that user always feels protected, safe can relax, and still enjoin the full presence of the natural environment.
  • Natural materials
    • We believe in using untreated high-quality natural materials.
    • They don't need any maintenance and they age gracefully.
    • They give the space a special pleasant calming natural woody smell even after many years.
    • They are pleasant to touch and they balance the microclimate climate in the cabins.
  • Traditional form
    • Explicit and unfortunately trending architecture tends to provocate and disturb. We want to achieve exactly the opposite.
    • We consciously based our design on traditional form and symmetry. We want that the space to feel familiar, centered, calm, and not necessarily exciting.
  • Untraditional layout.
    • To be able to take a Brake is to break with the usual space conditioned social patterns.
    • To enable the guests to do that we intentionally designed away from the standard traditional condensed apartment - kitchen. - living room - bedroom layout.
  • Small but Spacious
    • Our cabins are as big as their view.
  • Less is More
    • We cleared out all unnecessary design features to make space for the experience of nature and the person next to you.
    • We don't design and build layouts we design and build spaces that stimulate experiences that are the opposite of our everyday lives full of unnecessary distractions and stress. We take Stuff away to make a space to enable users to reconnect to what matters and we are culturally alienated from. 
    • You won't find a designated place for TV in our cabins.
    • If there is an emotion we want to stimulate is Serenity - an active piece.
Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context
  • Low investment in comparison to standard existing hospitality infrastructures enables individuals or smaller companies to enter the hospitality market with trending and lucrative business model and compete with market leaders on level of the quality of the offer and experience
  • The development process altho not planned involved a wide range of participants from the investor, local food producers, firefighters, municipality officials, neighbors....
  • Adoptable but Ready for industrial - serial production
    • The cabin Lushna Petite was designed in a way that is ready for industrial - serial production. This way we can offer the future customers a turnkey solution with 100% predicted costs of investment
  • Adoptable design 
    • By changing interior cladding materials and colors, facade materials, and colors We can adopt the design to customers' brand look and feel and local cultural, natural, and build environment.
Please explain how these three dimensions have been combined in your project.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary
  •  We designed and build simple ecological wooden structures that combine traditional use of wood with new trends and demand on the market and in society. 
  • Adopted to the local natural and cultural environment they upgrade the offer of existing camping to the level of 4-star hotel offering the guests safe space that enables intimate and comfortable connection to the natural environment.
Please give information on the results/impacts achieved by your project in relation to the category you apply for
  • More and more people decide to spend their time in nature without risking their comfort and privacy. Raise in the percentage of local guests, especially urban guests.
  • The rising trend brings to the nature many people that would newer decide to so otherwise and we provide the infrastructure - frame that enables that. More bookings of more demanding customers.
  • They don't have to build a wooden house or move to the countryside or travel half of the globe to enjoy and appreciate the natural environment. Raise in the percentage of local guests.
  • This type of co-natural approach stimulates the investors to include local providers of products and services and brings them, new potential customers. Rise of demand for local products and services.
  • Rises the popularity and value of co-natural experiences. Rise of the value - price of all the services.
  • It supports a lucrative business model with low-level investments that are in the reach of smaller hospitality actors out of the already recognized hospitality centers. The customer, altho a small local camp owner could afford the investment.
Please explain how citizens and civil society were involved in the in the design and/or implementation of the project.
Please also explain the benefits that derived from their involvement.
  • This was a private investment so civil society is involved on the level of municipality and neighbors. The difference in our approach is that we include all the involved parties in the project already on the level of the concept so we could adopt and develop the project on the basis of comments of all involved parties. The benefits are that we are familiar with the social and cultural environment and are able to adapt the design accordingly. All involved parties knew what to expect and the process of the actual development was smooth and fast.
  • The preset construction enables us to optimize production and guarantee customer price delivery time and quality. The customer could adopt the look and feel of the cabin on the basis of our proposal. 
Please explain what kind of global challenges the project addressed by providing local solutions
  • Human alienation from nature
  • Human respect for the natural environment
  • Stressful every day treated with scientists and medication
  • Exposure to an overload of useless information
  • Sustainable building
  • Ecological downsides global mass tourism
  •  Lack of diversity on the Hospitality market
  • Development and reinvention of rural areas and their economies using their existing potentials
  • Social distancing in times of epidemics (i hope it's not going to be a positive feature any time soon)
Please highlight the innovative character of the project as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the project.
  • low impact on the natural environment
  • wooden construction as an industrial product
  • the balance between connection to nature and privacy
  • 4 season
  • predictable price, delivery time, and quality
  • the specific spatial concept focused not on the design of the cabin but rather on the experience of their guests 
Please explain to the potential of transferring the projects’ results or learnings to other interested parties and contexts.
Please provide clear documentation, communication of methodology and principles in this context.
  • All-round inclusive design process - Lushna Way (not used in this project)
    • We developed a specific destination development approach that we call Lushna Way that combines experts from marketing, hospitality, architecture, and landscape architecture already on the level of the concept. We execute it in the form of a one-week intense workshop on the location or its direct vicinity actively involving potential local partners in the process. The results of this process form a solid foundation for the project already incorporating all crucial solutions. The final product of this workshop is the presentation that can be used for obtaining building permits, investment partners, bank loans... and functions like a solid backbone - guideline for further development of the project. This way we considerably shorten the process of the development and take care that all future partners are not just notified but actively included in the design process.
  • Industrial production approach - with a wide range of customer adaptability options.
  • universal design - designed for contemporary humans with purpose of reconnecting to nature.
  • reachable to smaller entry-level investors but scalable to bigger hospitality destinations.
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photographies by Jošt Gantar

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