Lucy Wang

Solar-Powered Alpine Hut Boasts Spectacular Mountain Views in Switzerland

by , 02/26/14



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Located at the popular starting point for the ascents of Bishorn, Weisshorn, and Les Diablons, the new Tracuit Hut is situated along a ridge caught between a cliff and a glacier. Due to its location, the wooden structural frame and wall components were prefabricated in a factory and then airlifted on-site for assembly. Stainless steel covers the roof and much of the outer facade to protect the hut from the harsh alpine climate and to reflect the surrounding landscape.

To take maximum advantage of the sun’s potential energy, a large panoramic window and solar panels line the southern facade. The south-facing glazing also offers breathtaking views over the alpine ridge. The Tracuit Hut’s compact shape, superior insulation, and small handful of openings minimize heat loss.

+ Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

Via ArchDaily

Images via Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes

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