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Autonomous alpine shelter, Monte Rosa hut

Beside the Monte Rosa glacier in the Swiss Alps, the New Monte Rosa Hut was built by a partnership led by ETH Zurich and completed in September 2009. Switzerland’s most complex wooden structure is covered in a shimmering aluminum shell and features an integrated photovoltaic system.

In splendid isolation at 2,883 meters above sea level, the building operates under extreme climatic conditions, is fully self-sufficient, and demonstrates that sustainable construction is possible anywhere.

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A shining tribute to solar energy
Bronze to an alpine shelter in Switzerland
“A glittering crystal and a convincing demonstration of state of the art technology” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2008 for Europe
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Zermatt, Switzerland
Andrea Deplazes
Main Author
Andrea Deplazes
Studio Monte Rosa, DARCH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
Marcel Baumgartner
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Marcel Baumgartner
Studio Monte Rosa, DARCH, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) , Switzerland
Bronze 2008
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