Bivacco Luca Pasqualetti is a cliffside prefab shelter designed to inspire remote alpine explorations and honor a fallen mountaineer.

A small external niche at the entrance helps protect the door from wind and snow and provides a small storage space for gear.

Italian architects Roberto Dini and Stefano Girodo designed this tiny bivouac structure to encourage exploration of a remote location in the Italian Alps. Perched on the side of a mountain at an altitude of 10,794 feet, the structure was commissioned by the family of Luca Pasqualetti, a mountaineer who tragically passed away in May 2014 in the Apuan Alps.

Dini and Girodo, researchers at the Istituto di Architettura Montana of the Politecnico di Torino, collaborated with Italian prefab company LEAPfactory to assemble the unit in an offsite workshop in July and August 2017. The team then transported the completed structure to a temporary location while they prepared the high-altitude site for the installation. Ultimately, the prefab pieces were lifted into place via helicopter and installed in a single day on September 10th, 2018.

The high-altitude, remote site called for simple and efficient construction choices and careful logistical planning.

The high-altitude, remote site called for simple and efficient construction choices and careful logistical planning. 

Adele Muscolino



The harsh alpine climate presented a significant design challenge for the architects, as the isolated structure would need to withstand extreme weather conditions including temperatures below -4°F, winds up to 124 miles per hour, and heavy precipitation and snowfall.

The structure is made from wood and steel composite panels, and it's designed to split into four sections for transport and handling to reduce the number of helicopter flights needed for the final assembly.

The structure is made from wood and steel composite panels, and it’s designed to split into four sections for transport and handling to reduce the number of helicopter flights needed for the final assembly.

Roberto Dini

The structure can be transported by flatbed truck.

The structure can be transported by flatbed truck. 

Roberto Dini

See the full story on Dwell.com: This Dizzying Prefab Is Perched on the Edge of the Italian Alps

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