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Dome-Dotted Whitepod Eco Resort is a Winter Wonderland in the Swiss Alps

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Eco Travel,Environment,Gallery,Green Building | 8 Comments

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The charming eco resort [2] is located at an elevation of 1,700 meters (5,577 feet) in the Swiss Alps and features 7 km of ski slopes with private ski lifts. Guests are encouraged to explore the mountain [3] through various types of winter adventures, including downhill skiing or snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, and guided hikes. The ski lifts are the only motorized systems, and the resort offsets their energy use by sourcing renewable energy. The resort is open in the summer as well, when guests can take advantage of warm weather eco activities, like hiking, mountain biking, climbing and more.

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Guests can stay in the mountain lodge or they can rent one of the 15 white geodesic-dome pods [5] with luxurious bedding and full service bathrooms. The pods, which are grouped around a common historic 1800’s wooden chalet, are anchored to wooden platforms and are heated with efficient little wood burning stoves. Platforms have a lighter environmental footprint on the pristine alpine environment than more permanent structures set on foundations.

Located up and away from urban centers, the resort is free from urban pollution and enjoys a close connection to nature. Whitepod seeks to create, or recreate, a link of mutual respect between man and nature. Additionally, the resort limits its impact on the environment by minimizing its water and electricity usage, reducing waste production wherever possible, and utilizing renewable energy [6]. The eco resort also aims to educate and raise their guests’ environmental awareness. The Whitepod eco resort was awarded the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism in 2005.

+ Whitepod [7]

Via Re-Nest [8]

Images © Whitepod

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/dome-dotted-eco-resort-is-a-winter-wonderland-in-the-swiss-alps/whitepod-14/

[2] eco resort: http://inhabitat.com/modern-eco-retreat-keeps-its-cool-at-the-saharas-edge/

[3] explore the mountain: http://inhabitat.com/studio-monte-rosa-alpine-hut/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/dome-dotted-eco-resort-is-a-winter-wonderland-in-the-swiss-alps/whitepod-13/

[5] geodesic-dome pods: http://inhabitat.com/zendome-gorgeous-geodesic-domes-create-flexible-green-spaces/

[6] renewable energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/category/energy

[7] + Whitepod: http://www.whitepod.com/wpod/?page_id=5&lang=en

[8] Re-Nest: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/green-style/green-style-whitepod-geodesic-domes-in-the-swiss-alps-134931

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