Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Monte Rosa Hut awarded 2010 Solar Prize

The Monte Rosa Hut at 2810 metres above sea level is a special mountain hut, which has been planned for the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) by the Department of Architecture of the Swiss Federal Technical University in Zurich (ETH). The Concept and Design of the building was made by Prof. Andrea Deplazes.
After a planning period of around six years and a construction time of two summers, the new Monte Rosa Hut above Zermatt was opened on 25 September 2009. Standing at 2883 metres above sea level, this is possibly the most complex timber construction currently found in Switzerland. Despite the huge challenges, the planners and those responsible constructed the SAC Monte Rosa Hut with five storeys. Architectural, aesthetic and nature conservation requirements, as well as requirements on environmental and water pollution control, were met in optimal fashion and energy-related objectives almost totally achieved. The architecture, timber construction, internal fittings and finishes with sleeping accommodation for 120 persons, the design of the restaurant with its unique views of the Gorner Glacier and the many 4000-metre peaks of the Valais mountain world are beyond compare.
The Monte Rosa Hut looks like a glass crystal and is relatively easy for hikers to reach (2.5 hours on foot from Rotenboden-Gornergratbahn station). The Hut is located about 80 m to the north of the old hut on the granite ledge "Untere Plattje", nestling between Gorner glacier, Grenz glacier and Monte Rosa glacier in Zermatt. From the Monte-Rosa-Hut you can enjoy a magnificent view and wonderful sunsets and it is a popular starting point for mountain tours and hikes.
The SAC hut achieves an energy self-sufficiency level of 64% combined with an unprecedented level of comfort. Despite the difficult environmental conditions, this SAC building has toilets and even showers. The Monte Rosa Hut sets new standards in the field of comfort and amenities in the high mountains.

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