Refuge du Goûter by Groupe H Architecture and Engineering
An innovative and environmentally-friendly four-story building situated at an altitude of 3,835 m on the route mountain climbers take as they summit Mont Blanc. The building is constructed of light and weather-resistant wood with exterior stainless steel paneling and is meant to integrate technically and aesthetically into the constraints of a difficult setting where winds can reach 300 km/h. The mountain refuge can accommodate 120 people and has four levels:
- Level 0: foyer, cloakrooms, store room and 'engine' room.
- Level 1: communal living areas including a dining room with panoramic views and a kitchen.
- Level 2: infirmary, dormitories and caretakers' apartment.
- Level 3: dormitories.