If you are building a refuge at one of the highest locations in the world, it has to be sustainable. This must be a potential stunning location for a future James Bond movie. On top of Mont Blanc, this mountain hue refuge is a welcome respite for mountaineers. Located 3,835m high it overhangs the Aiguille du goûter and can accommodate 120 people across its four levels.
The building has been designed to function completely self sufficiently, maximing the use of available natural resources.
“50 m2 of thermal solar panels are installed at the foot of the building, generating thermal energy from melting snow, which in turn produces clean, hot water. the electricity is generated by 95m2 of photovoltaic solar panels installed on the facade and on the roof. the shell consists of 128 trapezoidal or rectangular or bevelled panels, and is covered in satin-finished stainless steel. the bevelled surfaces mimic those found on mont blanc – altering their illumination according the movement of the sun across the sky.” (DesignBoom)