10 Amazing Mountain Top Buildings

Categories Inspired Architecture

With winter sports at the doorstep, I thought it was just the right time to take a look at how contemporary design is affecting the forthcoming season’s top destination – the mountains. Beyond the commonplace notion of retrograde mountain lodge cosiness, in concept designs and in reality, there stands a new generation of mountain top buildings shaping up as we speak which makes not only humble protective sleep-over shelters but also full-range mixed-use and public buildings feel at home in alpine – and even harsher – conditions.

This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings – a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Werner Tscholl Architects: Mountain Pass Museum

image: Werner Tscholl

ECHOROST: Wooden House


ETH Zurich Department of Architecture: Monte Rosa Hut

image: ETH Zurich

Zechner & Zechner: Reisseck Top Terminal and Restaurant

image: Zechner & Zechner

ALICE Studio at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL): Evolver

image: ALICE Studio

Murman Architects: Restaurant Tusen

image: Hans Murman

LEAPfactory: New Refuge Gervasutti

image: LEAPfactory



Whitepod: Geodesic Dome ‘Hotel’ Room

image:  Whitepod

Snøhetta: Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion

image: diephotodesigner.de

Ross Lovergrove Studio: Alpine Capsule

image: Ross Lovergrove Studio

Antonina is an architect who has recently joined the <a href="http://openbuildings.com/">OpenBuildings</a> team to take over Community Outreach. Believes in interdisciplinary approach to architecture and everything else, fascinated by Japanese and Dutch design, typography and all things inspired.<br /> <a href="http://openbuildings.com/">OpenBuildings</a> is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/bg/app/buildings/id374825541?mt=8">application for iPhone</a>, and recently - <a href="https://market.android.com/details?id=com.openbuildings.buildings">Android</a>, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.
  • there is one in Russia in shape of a space ship. It called “tarelka” http://bit.ly/tehUAY

    • antonina

      It’s cute and will be taken into account! Thanks!