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 OpenBuildings 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.
OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently - Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.