Italian architects and researchers Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo have constructed a prefabricated shelter, named Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti, on the edge of a mountain peak in Valpelline, Italy.

Situated at an altitude of three,290 metres in the Morion Ridge, the developing was created in collaboration with LEAPfactory for a group of neighborhood alpine guides who wanted to encourage exploration of “forgotten routes”.

Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti by Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo in the Italian Alps

“The aim of Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti is to rediscover forgotten areas by lightly enhancing their accessibility for mountaineering,” explained architects Dini and Girodo, who are researchers at the Polytechnic University of Turin.

“A easy structure such as a bivouac, positioned in a remote location with a hard access, is particularly conceived to encourage a niche alpinism.”

Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti by Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo in the Italian Alps

Dini and Girodo describe the shelter as an “extraordinary style challenge”, due to its remote place and extreme weather, with temperatures dropping under minus 20 degrees celsius.

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The prefabricated hut has a structure divided into 4 higher-strength composite panels, produced from wood and steel.

These elements have been sized to decrease the general quantity of helicopter flights required for the final assembly – enabling the shelter to be constructed in a single functioning day.

Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti by Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo in the Italian Alps

Slotted collectively, the panels type a tiny metal-clad hut with a pitched roof, which the architects created to echo the jagged peaks of the Morion ridge.

The developing sits on short-term metal foundations, which are anchored to the rock face but can be removed at the finish of its life with no causing lasting harm.

Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti by Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo in the Italian Alps

The entrance to Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti is positioned centrally to the structure, dividing the interiors into “day and evening” spaces. It is set back inside a frame that extends out about it to shield it from the wind and snowfall.

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Dini and Girodo lined the interiors with wooden panels to build a cosy aesthetic that contrasts with its protective shell.

Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti by Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo in the Italian Alps

The daytime location has eight seats with a table for meals preparation and storage compartments integrated into the wall. It has a glazed gable with panoramic views that enables sunlight to enter and warm the space.

The nighttime location is positioned at the rear of the shelter, and has two platforms that accommodate eight beds. Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti is total with a tiny battery-powered solar panel for lighting.

In 2015, OFIS Arhitekti also took on the challenge of designing a mountain shelter that could withstand intense climate.

Created in collaboration Harvard students, Alpine Shelter Skuta is a concrete clad structure that perches on a rocky outcrop in a Slovenian mountain variety, and can accommodate eight mountaineers.

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Photography is by Roberto Dini, Stefano Girodo, Grzegorz Grodzicki and Adele Muscolino.

Project credits:

Architects: Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo
Structural engineer: Corrado Curti
Constructing permits: Fabrizio Venturini
Geological surveyor: Ivan Pervier
Historical-essential consultantant: Luca Gibello – Cantieri d’alta quota
Prefabrication and furnishings: Samuele Ballerio and Gianpaolo Ducly
Technical partners: LEAPfactory and Stefano Rean lavori in fune – PREFA
Builders: Edoardo Boero, Cristian Brédy, Leonardo Buffa, Roberto Dini, Marco Ferrari, Stefano Girodo, Sergio Petey, Daniele Pieiller, Giorgio Pieiller, Matteo Zuncheddu


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