LEAPfactory places LEAPrus alpine station on russia's highest mountain LEAPfactory places LEAPrus alpine station on russia's highest mountain
jun 06, 2014

LEAPfactory places LEAPrus alpine station on russia's highest mountain


LEAPfactory places LEAPrus alpine station on russia’s highest mountain

all images courtesy of LEAPfactory

 

 

 

the ‘s1’ eco-pod, developed by torino-based LEAPfactory, is a modular refuge structure designed specifically for extreme and remote environments. the building system is prefabricated and transported to any given location, and has been realized on many sites throughout europe. the LEAPrus documentary takes viewers through the construction and assembly process of three shelters to create an alpine station (elevation 4,000 m) on the southern slope of mount elbrus, located in the caucasus range in russia.

 

a trailer for the documentary: LEAPrus
video courtesy of alice.bolognani

 

 

 

beyond documenting the technical aspects of building the alpine station, the film also seeks to prompt reflection on architecture’s relationship to the landscape. allowing visitors to experience new environments, the buildings, and in turn the documentary, serve to frame humanity’s position in the world.

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the alpine station is located at an elevation of 4,000 m on the southern side of russia’s highest peak, mount elbrus

 

 

 

the s1 shelters are able to withstand harsh weather conditions, and as a result allow adventurers to inhabit more extreme locations. completely detached from any power grid, a photovoltaic film is incorporated into the outer shell, and is able to provide all necessary energy for the building’s equipment. the shape, materials, and construction of the units help to optimize its performance, while interior fittings provide a high level of comfort. by lifting the structures off of the terrain, minimal impact is created on the otherwise undeveloped landscape.

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prefabricated units are placed on the elevated base framework

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the living unit includes a wide window which protrudes from the cylindrical body

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each structure features an open view on the ends

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adjustable bunks allow for various sleeping configurations

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in another installation of the s1, the structure cantilevers over a steep rock face

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the system is mocked-up in the factory to ensure proper assembly

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