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

 
LEAPFactory's New Refuge Gervasutti in Italy is an extraordinary solar-powered tubular mountain cabin that was installed on Mt. Blanc - by helicopters! This energy-efficient prefabricated pod was built out of high-quality materials that have zero impact on the sensitive environment in which it was placed. Since it is a temporary structure and fully recoverable, mountain climbers who brave the 9,300 foot summit can use it to take shelter from the elements while at the same time respecting nature in all its glory.

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!

+ LEAPfactory

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3 Comments

  1. 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

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

    The interior space is 30 m2 (about 320 ft2)

  3. 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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