Bivacco Luca Vuerich by Giovanni Pesamosca

Italian architect Giovanni Pesamosca has created unusually-sited cabin at the crest of Foronon Buinz in the Julian Alps. The prefab modular wood structure, named in memory of the deceased climber Luka Vuerich, contains nine beds and is situated 2531 meters above sea level. It is strategically sited along a summit trail providing refuge to hikers, climbers, visitors, or anyone looking for a rest in the mountains. The project is built upon 6 circular concrete piers placed on the rocky landscape. Spruce “x-lam” panels and glulam beams were CNC milled on the ground, air lifted by helicopter, and assembled on site to create the 16 m2 refuge. All in all, the small house is made up of 30 prefab panels, 3 trusses, and a larch-wood floor structure. Twelve men, professionals, volunteers, and friends of the Vuerich family made the long hike up to the site to construct the shelter – it was built in only one day, and after a good night’s rest the crew awoke to stain and finish.