The Gervasutti Refuge It is a real self-sufficient, prefabricated and modular alpine refuge project, which greatly improves the conditions for climbers and mountaineers in the mountains. This refuge was made by LEAPfactory and designed by Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa.

High quality and environmentally friendly materials have been used which are able to withstand extreme weather conditions. It feeds on the energy provided by photovoltaic sheets put on deck. It also incorporates a system that performs ecological disposal of the waste generated.

Its design is based on a simple cylinder, in order to make the most of the philosophy modular prefab, be able to customize according to needs and location. Expansion is facilitated in the same way as repairing the shelter.


The alpine station is now joined by a station located on the southern slope of Mount Elbrus (Caucasus mountain range, Russia), at an altitude of 4000 m. The station has three shelters made up of S1 modules and a technical building made up of S2 modules. It is able to operate completely autonomously thanks to the photovoltaic panels located in the exterior cladding.

The video shows for the first time how the S1 modules are installed on the base platform, which makes it very easy to set them up from the helicopter.


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