Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Eco Temporary Refuge by Cimini Architettura
February 11th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Cimini Architettura
The increasing activity of the mountain as a recreational area for tourists, climbers and hikers, is leaving the dramatic consequences for its delicate ecosystem. From year to year the increase of housing construction and permanent shelters in the high mountains, are the cause of indelible scars and points of no return. The project intends to place himself in contrast, suggest alternative ways to enjoy the mountains, promoting sustainable development and use of solutions with minimum environmental impact.
Architects: Cimini Architettura
“Eco-temporary refuge” is a building to stay in the mountains, designed to be self-sufficient, flexible and easily removable.
It is a revolutionary conceptual approach, in which the human presence is suitable and complies with the peculiarities of the natural environment. Designed to accommodate up to six people, offers the comfort necessary to live properly in cold weather. “Eco-temporary refuge is equipped with a 4 kW solar panels that can power the underfloor heating system, electrical system, appliances and system transformation of snow into drinking water.
Its coverage, in fact, does not avoid the snow, but instead accept it. The snow layer works like thermal insulation and at the same time flows into a sewage treatment plant turned into hot water.
In an emergency you can also use a reserve of bioethanol for the basic needs. The windows are minimized, but maximized only on the panoramic side . The low-emissivity glass has a positive “greenhouse gases” that contributes to the increase in day temperature. In hard and cold times, you can use a curtain thermal insulation.
On the contrary during the summer there is a system of opening and ventilation. Through a system of pillars tires you can create a table top on which is possible to install the refuge by helicopter . The idea is to build a shelter self-sufficient in case of removal does not leave marks and scars.
The shelter will be located in places chosen by climbers, useful in an emergency while hiking. Usually it is a hub of various routes and is a shelters for people who have lingered in the mountains.
The current approach to these issues is road construction needed to build the refuge. the helicopter is the only alternative. During transport, the pillars are in the central module. The planned number of flights per year for transportation varies from 2 to 4 depending on the events. The helicopters will be those of mountain rescue who daily patrol the landscape.
The project is being developed together with climbers. We solved the problem of avalanches and wind. The structure will be soft and supple. Technology is derived from the mechanical diggers. Were also identified non-hazardous alpine sites over 3000m where to install ETR. During the summer period will be used as a destination for excursions. In winter it will be brought to the valley floor and used as an information point on mountain safety for skiers.
The objective of the refuge is to improve the perception of the visitor, in order to suggest love and attention towards the mountain.
Admire the beauty suggests delicacy and respect.
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