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IN Travel & Adventure ON 21 Sep, 2015
Climbing a mountain calls for an ability to adapt to extreme climatic conditions and a drive to fight the forces of nature that pour against the climber. But being humans, there is only so much one can adapt. And so, Swiss architect Hervé Dessimoz has designed a futuristic-looking mountain lodge that’s the final stop for climbers as they ascend nearby Mount Blanc. This is the Refuge du Gouter and is located in the French Alps. Also known as the Goûter hut, its exterior features stainless steel sides, creating a rigid form that’s in sharp contrast to the snowy landscape and rolling mountainside, and makes for a beautiful sight.
The structure is a 16-meter-tall lodge that juts over a precarious 1,500-meter drop.
Although it's location is quite dangerous, adequate safety measures have been taken in its structure.
The hut is nestled 14 meters into the rock, ensuring sturdiness. It has the ability to withstand winds up to 300 kph.
Reservations are required to even enter the Refuge du Goûter, and they're only available during certain times of the year. Reservations are required so as to make all necessities available.
It is entirely self-sufficient in energy and water. The interior features communal living with bunk-style bedding and the ability to accommodate up to 120 guests at a time.