Designed by Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa, LEAP (Living Ecological Alpine Pod) is an unattended high-altitude shelter anchored to the side of Mont Blanc. Used to record and transmit data on meteorological conditions, it can accommodate up to 12 people.
Pre-fabricated in tubular segments, it was lifted in by helicopter and then clamped to a trapezoidal rail-beam attached to the rock. A red jacquard motif on the roof echoes traditional alpine iconography and makes it visible from a distance. Photovoltaic roof panels provide electricity and heat to prevent the formation of ice and snow.
The prototype design is modular and flexible and could be adapted for other uses and geographic conditions. A breathtaking design – the views aren’t bad either.
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