Swiss mountaineers planning to scale Bishorn Mountain now have another gem to look forward to on their ascent: the redesigned Tracuit Hut nestled in the heart of the Valais Alps. Clad in reflective steel and solar panels, the energy efficient alpine hut was designed by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes. The competition-winning design was selected by the Swiss Alpine Club to replace the outdated and "energy-hungry" Tracuit hut built in 1929.
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.
Images via Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes