Autonomous alpine shelter, Monte Rosa hut, Switzerland

Beside the Monte Rosa glacier in the Swiss Alps, the New Monte Rosa Hut was built by a partnership led by ETH Zurich and completed in September 2009. Switzerland’s most complex wooden structure is covered in a shimmering aluminum shell and features an integrated photovoltaic system. In splendid isolation at 2,883 meters above sea level, the building operates under extreme climatic conditions, is fully self-sufficient, and demonstrates that sustainable construction is possible anywhere.