Off-grid bivouac in high mountain | Bivacco Fanton | Italian Dolomites

An off-grid bivouac in high mountains, at 2.660 mt above the sea in the heart of the Italian Dolomites, was the ambitious challenge posted by the local authority. A new “Bivacco Fanton” bivouac was required in replacement of the old one worn out, and located close to “Forcella Marmarole“a saddle connecting two valleys frequently reached by trekkers and skitourers.

Bivacco Fanton concept
Bivacco Fanton concept by Arch. M.Calvi and G.Ferrari

The requirements were challenging: self-powered with sufficient energy storage for communication and minimal heating, equipped with TLC connection, roomy for 12 people, accessible in winter with deep snow, designed to be almost maintenance-free, less for a twice-a-year food and water resupply. The construction had to be carefully planned to allow the transportation by chopper and the assemble of the kit in a dash time.

The energy requirements and the power supply planning are here (summary table) and here (detailed sheet).

Our partners arch. Matteo Calvi and arch. Guido Ferrari did not win the contest, but they worked hard and developed a cool project we like to share it here. Specifications and detailed design available upon request for other applications -> please contact us here.

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