France's highest building. Refuge du Goûter
Text: Detail Daily
Perched near the summit of Mont Blanc it was designed by Groupe H, who have something of a reputation for futuristic buildings in the French Alps.The building is located at an altitude of 3,835 metres, is built of local wood and clad in stainless steel. For many climbers it will present itself as a welcoming refuge.
One of the exciting challenges was getting the workers to build it. Components had to be prefabricated in the valley below and lifted to the site by helicopter. And then there were the repeated storms and winds as high as 300 km/h.
For contract administrators, it brings a whole new meaning to the expression inclement weather. For visitors there is no need to worry about getting a room with a view.