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

Posted By Ana Lisa On June 8, 2013 @ 3:42 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,gallery,Sustainable Building | 1 Comment

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Located on one of the most popular routes used by climbers hoping to scale Mont Blanc [6], the Refuge du Goûter [3] 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 [7]. With a total cost of €6 million, the eco-friendly mountain [8] refuge is an incredible feat of engineering that sets an example for sustainable architecture at high altitudes.

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The refuge [9] 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 [10] 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 [11] 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 [5]

Via France 24 [12]

Photos by Group-H [5]

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

[4] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com/tokyo-institute-of-technology-unveils-new-facade-decked-out-in-4500-solar-panels/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[12] 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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