Meet the Most Futuristic Mountain Hut in Europe

Getting there requires some good ol' fashioned climbing skills

February 6, 2017 9:00 am

Rising to an altitude of 14,692 feet, the Matterhorn is probably the most striking sight in the Alps. Although not rising even close as high, the five-story Monte Rosa Hut — located in the shadow of the great mountain — has to be a close second.

With a prefab frame made from sustainable wood, the impressive Monte Rosa was built in 2009 and designed by Bearth and Deplaze to be a contemporary take on the innermost keep of a me­di­eval castle.

Monte Rosa Hut (4 images)

Given its isolated location, the folks at Bearth and Deplaze wanted the winter to shelter to be as self-sufficient as possible and strategically placed its windows to capture warmth from the sun. In addition to heating the home through solar ir­ra­di­ation, the windows also provide stellar views that guests can take in while traveling up and down the home’s cas­cad­ing spiraling stair­case.

Just don’t bet on this baby ever being on Airbnb. You’ve gotta climb and put in some work to get there. 

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