Accessible only by foot, the On Mountain Hut sits some 2,500 meters up in the mountains. Just getting there is a feat. So you can imagine that designing and building a hut that blends into the imposing environment and offers guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience was even more difficult.
Created from scratch with an entirely minimalist ethos, it features all the facilities you need and nothing you don’t. We want this hut to be the perfect place to enjoy the Alps in all their glory; to switch off and reset away from the hustle and bustle of daily life; to go back to your source.
These mountains have had a profound impact, not just on our company, but on our co-founders too. David Allemann, Olivier Bernhard and Caspar Coppetti all feel at home here, and all three still find the Alps to be their finest source of inspiration and ideas. No pressure then, Thilo.
Hi Thilo, what was your main goal when creating this hut?
I had several goals: first, to enable people to have the ultimate hiking or trail running experience by allowing them to stay in the most beautiful place over night. Second, to make people aware of what an extraordinary place this watershed of three different river systems actually is. And, finally, to show off the spectacular Engadin home of On, of course.
Part of the ‘back to the source’ idea is to demonstrate just how few things are needed to have – hopefully – the stay of a lifetime. Reduction as ultimate luxury.