Architecture of the Giant Mountains huts as a valuable element of the Sudetes cultural landscape

Jacek Suchodolski



The article is devoted to the architecture of four Giant Mountains shelters, which are considered to be the oldest, i.e., Pod Łabskim Szczytem, Strzecha Akademicka, Samotnia and Bronek Czech’s Shelter. The purpose of the study aims at showing the timeless values of their architecture inspired by native construction tradition. After 1945, many Sudetes shelters ceased to exist and those that have survived to this day often face fundamental problems – lack of necessary renovations, proper conservation care or relatively small tourist traffic. The publication also draws attention to the need to continue native architectural themes in newly designed buildings with a tourist function in order to restore cultural continuity that was interrupted after 1945.

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