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Living-in-nature pod can be transported to the mountain peak of your choice


November 24, 2011

LEAP modules are built entirely off-site, ready to be transported by helicopter to the summit of choice (image: LEAPfactory)

LEAP modules are built entirely off-site, ready to be transported by helicopter to the summit of choice (image: LEAPfactory)

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This stunning alpine modular lodge is the creation of Italian design firm LEAPfactory. Dubbed LEAP (living ecological alpine pod) the modules are built entirely off-site, ready to be transported by helicopter to the summit of choice. Breaking away from traditional alpine structures, the pod is fitted with high-tech features and "at the end of its life cycle [it] can be lifted away by helicopter without leaving any permanent trace of its presence in the natural environment" says LEAPfactory.

The LEAP has been designed to accompany trekking and mountaineering activities, leaving little impact on the surrounding environment compared to traditional mountain shelters. The pods have been built with durability in mind and are able to withstand "all kinds of mechanical and atmospheric stress." Comprised of a composite shell exterior, the shelters are said to provide excellent thermal insulation. The interiors have been designed for comfort, whilst also taking into consideration materials preferable to hygiene, safety and fire resistance.

Each pod is comprised of four units that connect together to create the final structure. The entrance unit is fitted with a thermally isolated inner door, storage/drying rack and rescue equipment compartment, the kitchen unit features a pantry and cooker (electric induction hob), the sleeping unit has flexible bunks according to the number of guests, and the living room unit features a panoramic view with the ability to open onto the surrounding landscape.

An integrated technological apparatus is fitted to provide energy to the pod, utilizing photovoltaic film cells incorporated in the outer shell. The apparatus can also measure local weather conditions and perform self-diagnosis, whilst additionally being connected to the local rescue headquarters. There is a sanitary module, equipped with a biological toilet that disposes of all sewage without polluting the environment.

In the case of extreme damage, the module can easily be airlifted off-site for repairs.

Whilst the luxury of having an exclusive alpine lodge flown to a private destination may remain on most of our wish-lists, LEAPfactory does claim that "the overall cost is highly competitive with the traditional solutions." How much that is remains a mystery - as final prices are yet to be released.

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Now that\'s a really cool idea and a great execution. It answers a need, is an easy to deploy solution and it\'s new and unique.

Best of all it doesn\'t have green leaf logos on the side, have an \'Eco\' in the name, or mention the word \'carbon footprint\' - all ways to insult the intelligence of customers.

Todd Dunning

Water is flown in? Or do you use fuel to melt snow?

Poisonally, I\'d rather live in something with bits of green on the outside instead of looking like a circus clown car.


Looks like they stole the idea from the movie Avatar.

Denis Klanac


Shane Holborn

It would be even better if it could fly and float.

Anthony Parkerwood

Stamping a boot in the face of nature! What\'s wrong with tents? What\'s wrong with being guests in the wilderness. Isn\'t this for people who\'s be better of remaining in security of their mansions?


What keeps it from rolling down the mountain? And how does it fare in an avalanche?

Belinda Contague

I can use this in a desert environment.

Babs Anthony

This p.o.s. indicates how far wrong some humans have gone.

Johann Rissik

Trying to see how this is radically different from the conventional mobile home or travel trailer- minus the wheels and suspension, of course.

William Lanteigne

There are thousands of \"pods\" already built that are sitting idle right now. Why go to the trouble of building these from scratch when there are plenty of surplus sites around our major air bases in the USA where old planes go when they are through flying!

Will, the tink
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