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Glittering mountain hut in the Monte Rosa massif

Monte Rosa

A photomontage of the modern Monte Rosa Hut, which is due to be finished by the end of 2009.

Construction work began last week on the new Monte Rosa Hut at the foot of the Dufourspitze above Zermatt/CH. The hut, which resembles a glittering rock crystal, is being built by the Swiss Alpine Club in the framework of the 150th anniversary of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
The hut is not only unconventional with regard to the architecture; it also features innovative energy management and technical building services. The intelligent solutions incorporated in the eco-friendly building make it 90% autonomous in terms of energy.
The ambitious project is meant to show the potential for renewable energies in challenging locations and for the construction of almost energy-neutral buildings. The project managers hope that the new hut will also act as a catalyst for buildings in the valley flats.
Information: www.presseportal.ch/de/pm/100015731 (de), www.neuemonterosahuette.ch (de/fr), www.ethz.ch (de/en), www.sac-cas.ch (de/fr/it)