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Refuge du Goûter: Space-Age Self-Sufficient Alpine Lodge is the Highest Building in France

Posted By Ana Lisa On March 29, 2015 @ 9:15 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Gallery,Green Building | 3 Comments

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Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc [1], the Refuge du Goûter [2] 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 [3]. With a total cost of €6 million, the eco-friendly mountain [4] refuge is an incredible feat of engineering that sets an example for sustainable architecture at high altitudes.

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The refuge [5] 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 [6] 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 [7] 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.

+ Group-H [8]

Via France 24 [9]

Photos by Group-H [8]


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URLs in this post:

[1] Mont Blanc: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Blanc

[2] Refuge du Goûter: http://www.refugedugouter.fr/

[3] France: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France

[4] mountain: http://inhabitat.com/photos-life-at-aconcaguas-confluencia-a-sustainable-geodesic-base-camp-in-the-argentine-andes/

[5] refuge: http://inhabitat.com/gervasutti-refuge-in-italy-is-a-prefab-tubular-pod/

[6] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/alex-vermeulens-floating-solar-panels-installation-in-eindhoven-is-designed-to-lift-a-levitating-buddha/

[7] snow: http://inhabitat.com/artist-makes-giant-wintry-crop-circles-just-by-walking-in-the-snow/

[8] + Group-H: http://www.groupe-h.com/

[9] France 24: http://www.france24.com/en/20120903-france-chamonix-squabbles-glitches-hit-revolutionary-mont-blanc-refuge-go%C3%BBter-mountain-alps

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