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New Monte Rosa Hut SAC

Self-Sufficient Building in the High Alps

This stunning volume presents a close-up look at a remarkable building, a new alpine hut built at Monte Rosa, Switzerland, in 2009. Because the site of the building is nearly 9,500 feet above sea level, its design and building required innovative thinking, creative design, and the latest in technology—all made possible through a partnership between ETH Zürich, the Swiss Alpine Club, and outside experts and specialists from a variety of fields. The resulting building is ecologically sound and architecturally striking; this highly illustrated volume documents its planning and construction through photos, plans, essays, and interviews.


224 pages | 99 color plates, 79 halftones, 63 line drawings | 9 3/10 x 10 4/5 | © 2010

Architecture: European Architecture


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Table of Contents

The work of ecological pioneers   Ralph Eichler
From anniversary project to built structure   Meinrad K. Eberle
Challenges for the SAC   Reto Jenatsch
The mountain hut as tourist facility   Franz Steinegger
Building in the mountains   Adolph Stiller
The discovery of the peaks   Marie-Anne Lerjen
The hut enters the modern era   Ákos Moravánszky, Andrea Deplazes, and David Guggerli
Base camp for ecological construction   Paul Knüsel
Self-sufficient?   Ákos Moravánszky

Architecture   Andrea Deplazes and Marcel Baumgartner
ETH Studio Monte Rosa   Andrea Deplazes and Marcel Baumgartner
Principal   Peter Planche
SAC hut construction   Peter Büchel
Structure   Tivadar Puskas and Jan Stebler
Timber construction   Hansbeat Reusser
Fire protection   Hansbeat Reusser and Mario Fontant
Geology   Charles-Louis Joris
Building physics   Christoph Keller
Energy and building technology   Matthias Sulzer and Urs-Peter Menti
Builidng automation   Lino Guzzella and Samuel Fux
Sustainability   Stefanie Hellweb and Melanie Goymann
Digital fabrication   Fabio Gramazio, Matthias Kohler, Tobias Bonwetsch, and Ralph Bärtschi
Building process   Hans Zurniwen and Sacha Menz
Firms  Marcel Baumgartner and Hans Zurniwen

Organisation, planners/designers, chronology, facts and figures, patrons and sponsors

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