Gervasutti bivouac / LEAPfactory

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The amazing Gervasutti bivouac is a prefabricated high tech climber’s hostel, commissioned by CAI Torino -the Italian Alpine Club on Mt. Blanc, Italy- designed by LEAPfactory.

The hostel is named after the great Italian mountaineer Guisto Gervasutti and looks out over the same mountain range he was the first to conquer – the east face of the Grandes Jorasses – which he scaled in 1942.

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The Gervasutti shelter is solar-powered and equipped with a unit to measure local conditions (self-diagnosis, weather conditions, web-cam, emergency rescue communication) connected with logistic and rescue headquarters. The shelter offers a sanitary module with a biological toilet, wooden bunk beds, living area with kitchenette and a breathtaking view above Freboudze glacier.

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Gray Ox

Hotel Zlatibor in the Serbian city of Užice opened its doors on 24 September 1981. It was designed by a (then) young architect Svetlana Radovic and nicknamed  “Sivonja,” which means “The Gray Ox,” an affectionate reference to its color and shape.  Luxuriously designed with a piano bar and rooms dressed in brown velvet and employing he best chefs, waiters, confectioners and other service personnel the Grey Ox was both a tourist magnet and a symbol of of Yugoslav confidence. During the 90s and in connection with the collapse of Yugoslavia,  the sanctions against Serbia  and consequently the complete lack of maintenance, the building started steadily decaying. Nowadays, the Ox might be old but it still maintains its strength: beautiful and dynamic architecture and the hotel still operating!

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I love that picture because It shows the context in which this bold building was built and how pioneering and progressive architecture can be.

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Story of hotel Zlatibor VIA 

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Astley Castle / Witherford Watson Mann Architects

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A high end guest house build into an abandon medieval ex-royal castle in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. Designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects for the Landmark Trust.

Astley is a unified site of great complexity and resonance: moated castle, gateway and vestigial curtain walls, lake, church and the ghost of pleasure gardens all combine in a picturesque landscape of great power.  The Astley Castle can accommodate 8 people. You may book here.


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via design boom


the Million Donkey hotel  
the Waterhouse hotel