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Architecture:
Nuonuova Cappana Gervasutti

October 02, 2017

Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa are the founders of LEAP Factory, an architecture practice based in Turin, Italy that is dedicated to alpine adventure and striking architecture. LEAP stands for Living Ecological Alpine Pods and as the name suggests they are known for building high alpine living structures, using the mountains as their very own test lab. Both men are not only highly skilled architects but also avid outdoorsmen and acomplished mounaineers. This passion for architecture and mountains translates itself to incredibly modern structures which are juxtaposed to but work in harmony with the environment in which they are built.

Luca Gentilcore and Stefano Testa are the founders of LEAP Factory, an architecture practice based in Turin, Italy that is dedicated to alpine adventure and striking architecture. LEAP stands for Living Ecological Alpine Pods and as the name suggests they are known for building high alpine living structures, using the mountains as their very own test lab. Both men are not only highly skilled architects but also avid outdoorsmen and acomplished mounaineers. This passion for architecture and mountains translates itself to incredibly modern structures which are juxtaposed to but work in harmony with the environment in which they are built.



Nuonuova Cappana Gervasutti is a new hut designed by LEAP for the Turin Alpine Club. It is located at the east face of the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc Massif and fits a number of small structures into a position that many would consider impossible to build in. The site is incredibly complex due to its position on a small rock butress int he middle of a glacier. This buttress is one of the only constantly stable parts of the site with snow and ice moving annually around the buildings.

Nuonuova Cappana Gervasutti is a new hut designed by LEAP for the Turin Alpine Club. It is located at the east face of the Grandes Jorasses in the Mont Blanc Massif and fits a number of small structures into a position that many would consider impossible to build in. The site is incredibly complex due to its position on a small rock butress int he middle of a glacier. This buttress is one of the only constantly stable parts of the site with snow and ice moving annually around the buildings.



The position of the site made traditional building almost impossible. As such the architects designed a number of modular 'huts' which were built off site and transported to their final location. This in itself was entirely unconventional as the huts had to be airlifted to their final resting place by helicopter. Although this may sound at odds with the ethos of minimising our impact on the environment it actually helped reduce the overall impact of the structures on the site. By airlifting the structures up, on site time was reduced to a matter of days without the need for heavy machinery on the mountainside.

The position of the site made traditional building almost impossible. As such the architects designed a number of modular 'huts' which were built off site and transported to their final location. This in itself was entirely unconventional as the huts had to be airlifted to their final resting place by helicopter. Although this may sound at odds with the ethos of minimising our impact on the environment it actually helped reduce the overall impact of the structures on the site. By airlifting the structures up, on site time was reduced to a matter of days without the need for heavy machinery on the mountainside.



A new construction method was also employed for the structures. An innovative fibreglass shell helps minimise weight whilst maximising resistance to the harsh alpine elements. This high tech design also allows the structures to be built with more comofrt than a traditional refuge. The pods have also been decorated in a style reminiscent of your favourite alpine jumped. The architects maintain that this is not just asthetic, but also practical with the white blending into the environent and the red standing out as a beacon of safety.

A new construction method was also employed for the structures. An innovative fibreglass shell helps minimise weight whilst maximising resistance to the harsh alpine elements. This high tech design also allows the structures to be built with more comofrt than a traditional refuge. The pods have also been decorated in a style reminiscent of your favourite alpine jumped. The architects maintain that this is not just asthetic, but also practical with the white blending into the environent and the red standing out as a beacon of safety.




You can see more on this project and others by LEAP Factory on their website at leapfactory.it or follow them on Instagram @leap_factory
You can see more on this project and others by LEAP Factory on their website at leapfactory.it or follow them on Instagram @leap_factory

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