This irregular hexagon that both blends into and juts out of the Swiss Alps is the Neue Monte Rosa-Hütte. Designed as an upgrade from the original structure built in the 19th century, architects Bearth and Deplazes have created a beautiful solution for this remote site. It’s wood-framing references the style and technique of previous structure, while the technical aspects both inside and out help to make it inherently new. The building itself is 100 percent self sufficient and must be able to create energy on site because of it’s remoteness. Building materials were delivered partially assembled in an estimated 3000 helicopter trips, mainly because mules were said to be too costly. Monte Rosa Hütte operates as both a restaurant and lodge for hikers traveling the 3 hours from the base of Monte Rosa.
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