Stunning Alpine Shelters have been perched up in the mountains over the years, providing safety during bad weather, a resting point, or simply to enjoy the amazing views.
Completed in 2013 at 10,682 feet above sea level, the Tracuit Mountain Hut in Zinal, Switzerland, is located between a cliff and a glacier, which was the inspiration for its shape and design. Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes lined the south façade with windows and solar panels to capture energy and heat, while the other sides are covered in stainless steel to reflect the scenery. Inside there are 12 dormitories for the accommodation of 116 people plus a refectory and a professional kitchen.
Inspired by the work of Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, architecture firm Bureau A created Antoine, a mountain cabin hidden within a concrete boulder in Verbier, Switzerland, as part of the Verbier 3d Foundation’s artist residency program. The shelter has space for one person and features a fireplace as well as furnishings into the walls.
LEAPfactory, a company that designs modular structures designed to endure extreme conditions, installed the Refuge Gervasutti on the Grandes Jorasses mountain in the Mont Blanc Range, Italy, in 2011. The cantilevered shelter sleeps 12, operates on solar power, and is connected to the Internet via satellite. The whimsical exterior, inspired by a knit sweater, makes it easy to spot and offers a comforting welcome to approaching mountaineers.