A mountaineers’ hut is born on the crests of the Alps

Located at an altitude of 3,280 meters and accessible only after several hours of walking, the Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti offers mountaineers a comfortable shelter in extreme weather.

Bivouac Luca Pasqualetti

Designed in 2016 and built in three phases, the bivouac Luca Pasqualetti is now open to mountaineers following “forgotten" trails in the area. The project is the result of a meeting between the architects Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo – researchers from the Institute of Mountain Architecture of the Politecnico di Torino – and the local mountain guides Espri Savadzo, dedicated to the rediscovery of the wild and remote places of Valpelline.

The Morion ridge divides the Ollmont Valley from the Bionaz Valley, with breathtaking views of Mont Vélan, Matterhorn, Monte Rosa and Mont Blanc and the mountains of the southern Aosta Valley; it was conquered in 1891 by Fredrick Baker-Gabb. As the designers explain, the crossing
of the entire ridge takes up to three days, and to date there were very few people on this trip who were willing to embark on this journey. The hut is designed to divide this itinerary and to encourage its use. The bivouac Luca Pasqualetti responds to the climatic challenges of the place: impervious, with temperatures reaching -20 ° C and winds of up to 200 km/h, combined with heavy rainfall and meters of snow on the ground.

The construction choices are all based on simplicity, functionality and thermal performance. The components, all of high structural performance, have been designed and sized to be transported by helicopter and installed easily in a day's work, dry mounted without the use of concrete, recyclable and ecologically certified. In order to leave no trace on the ground, the foundations are anchored in a precise manner through a metal base.
The interiors enjoy an exceptional panoramic view and are oriented to the east so as to derive maximum heat input from the sun's rays. The living area has room enough for a table with eight seats and integrated storage. Lighting is provided by a battery-powered solar panel.

Luca Pasqualetti
mountain hut
Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo
Espri Sarvadzo
Cantieri d’Alta Quota
Eng. Corrado Curti
Construction paper work:
Fabrizio Venturini
Geological survey:
Ivan Pervier
Paolo Filipazzi
Historical-critical consultancy:
Luca Gibello
Samuele Ballerio, Gianpaolo Ducly
Technical partner:

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