Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc, the Refuge du Goûter took five years to plan and three more to build. Dubbed a ‘high-altitude hotel,’ the project has capacity for 120 people at 12,582 feet above sea level, which makes it the highest building in France. With a total cost of €6 million, the eco-friendly mountain refuge is an incredible feat of engineering that sets an example for sustainable architecture at high altitudes.
The refuge is being built from locally sourced pinewood, it has triple-glazed windows and it can resist winds of up to 300 km/h. The building is powered by wind turbines and 750 square feet of solar panels on its roof, and it has an emergency backup generator that is fueled by rapeseed oil. Solar energy will also be used to melt snow into water for cooking and flushing water-saving toilets.
A fantastic work of architecture and high-end engineering, The Refuge du Goûter has certainly scaled the heights in terms of green design.
Via France 24
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