This ski and snowboard school, located beside the highest mountain in the Alps, is a prefab structure that can be assembled on site in a week and easily removed without disturbing the pristine mountain landscape. The project was designed by LEAPfactory, a team of researchers specializing in architecture for severe climates, and it uses their latest modular construction system known as S3.
The building is located near Mont Blanc, on the south-east side of the France-Italy border. It was built using a prefabricated building kit developed by LEAPfactory specifically for buildings used in tourism. Structures based on the same system can be assembled on site in a week and easily removed. It uses high-performance and durable materials and is completely recyclable, according to the architects. Beech wood framework supports composite sandwich panels, while exterior walls are clad with weather-proof skin of aluminium shingles.
The school measures six-by-eight meters and can fit two rooms. The first space functions as a reception area and office, while the other one is used by the instructors to relax between lessons.
Photos by Francesco Mattuzzi