Gallery: Extraordinary Gervasutti Refuge in Italy is a Prefab Tubular A...

The prefabricated pod was installed on Mt. Blanc using helicopters.
The prefabricated pod was installed on Mt. Blanc using helicopters.

According to their literature, LEAPfactory’s Gervasutti refuge represents the pinnacle of the Italian firm’s achievement. LEAP refers to Living, Ecological, Alpine Pods, their speciality, and their latest pod is also one of their greatest. It has 6 contact points with the ground and weighs 5,500 pounds, while the elongated shape creates nearly 100 square feet of hi-comfort interior space that sleeps up to 12 people.

Everything – from the exterior shell to the interior fittings – is modular so that when the time comes, the refuge can be relocated elsewhere. The solar panels installed on the roof produce 2.5 Kwh of solar energy – making it completely self-sufficient – and it only took two days to install. This truly is a remarkable achievement in modular design… now we just have to get there!

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  1. raj shah March 2, 2015 at 6:00 am

    Trying to find these type of construction for my farm but my area is prone to bush fires and council
    and fire brigade has lot of restrictions.

  2. Winged Heron April 10, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Nice idea but I personally do not think this belongs in or enhances the natural beauty of the Alps. I live in Austria, have my permanent residents in the Carinthian alps and in no way would appreciate the beauty of the area being spoiled by such a constuction

  3. Fx December 12, 2011 at 2:57 am

    The interior space is 30 m2 (about 320 ft2)

  4. nam173 December 9, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I’m very interesting to know why, the modular are situated

    on mountain-top, it’s reminded of cliff-hanger. 0_0

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