Refuge Wallon Marcadau

Cauterets, France
Commission Syndicale de la Vallée de Saint Savin
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1 322 m²
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Structural engineering design for concrete,
timber and envelope.

Restructuring and extension of the Wallon Marcadau Refuge (sleeps 120) located above the Pont d’Espagne in the town of Cauterets in the Hautes-Pyrénées, at an altitude of 1865 metres. The first refuge was built in 1910 and the last extension dates from 1963.

The reconstruction consists of enlarging the refuge on the mountain side, creating a wooden structure that covers the existing one through arched roof caissons with a stainless-steel cover. The vertical load bearing elements are made from existing granite walls, CLT sails and a glulam column/beam structure. The new floors are made of CLT.

A seismic design, for this inaccessible site which requires supply by heli-porting. A maximum reuse of materials on site is favored in particular the demolition blocks being used for the creation of a gabion wall.

Part of the Nowatt project by the regional body of Occitanie.