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Off-grid mountain refuge provides shelter at high-altitude

Off-grid mountain refuge provi...
Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections
Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections
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The shelter's solar panel powers a roof-based exterior light
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The shelter's solar panel powers a roof-based exterior light
Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections
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Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections
Inside, the shelter is rather sparsely furnished but certainly more welcoming than a night spent outside
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Inside, the shelter is rather sparsely furnished but certainly more welcoming than a night spent outside
It comprises a total floorspace of 35 sq m (376 sq ft)
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It comprises a total floorspace of 35 sq m (376 sq ft)
The interior is split between a cooking area with a stove, a 19-person space that's open to anyone exploring the mountains, and a smaller 3-person space
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The interior is split between a cooking area with a stove, a 19-person space that's open to anyone exploring the mountains, and a smaller 3-person space
Inside the Călțun Shelter
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Inside the Călțun Shelter
Călțun Shelter also sports a photovoltaic panel that provides enough power to charge phones and similar small devices
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Călțun Shelter also sports a photovoltaic panel that provides enough power to charge phones and similar small devices
Călțun Shelter is based in the Făgăraș Mountains, a spot known for its hazardousness
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Călțun Shelter is based in the Făgăraș Mountains, a spot known for its hazardousness
Inside the Călțun Shelter
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Inside the Călțun Shelter
It was built primarily using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), in addition to steel, while the exterior sports an aluminum sheet covering
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It was built primarily using Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), in addition to steel, while the exterior sports an aluminum sheet covering
Obviously, building anything in such a remote location was a challenge, and Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections
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Obviously, building anything in such a remote location was a challenge, and Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Architectural drawing of Călțun Shelter
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Romanian architecture firm Archaeus has constructed an off-grid shelter located within Romania's Southern Carpathians mountain range, at an altitude of 2,100 m (6,889 ft). Dubbed Călțun Shelter, the structure offers sanctuary to a local mountain rescue team and anyone else who needs it.

Călțun Shelter is based in the Făgăraș Mountains, in an area that's particularly hazardous. Obviously, building anything of substance in such a remote location is a challenge, and Archaeus was required to transport the prefabricated building via helicopter in three main sections.

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) was used as the primary construction material, in addition to steel, while the exterior is clad in aluminum sheets. The shelter is shaped so as to mitigate strong winds.

Inside, the shelter is rather sparsely furnished but certainly more welcoming than a night spent outside
Inside, the shelter is rather sparsely furnished but certainly more welcoming than a night spent outside

Inside, the shelter is sparsely furnished and includes no toilet or running water, but it's certainly more comfortable than a night spent on the mountainside. It comprises a total floorspace of 35 sq m (376 sq ft), which is split between a cooking area with a stove, a 19-person space that's open to anyone exploring the mountains, and a smaller three-person space that serves as a first-aid room for the local mountain rescue team.

Călțun Shelter sports a roof-based photovoltaic array that provides power for charging phones and similar small devices. The same solar array also powers a roof-based exterior light.

The Călțun Shelter was completed in July 2015.

Source: Archaeus via Arch Daily

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