Bivacco Gervasutti, Italy
Situated at a height of 2,835 metres above sea level, this space age capsule in the Mont Blanc massif is an architectural marvel. Named after the Turin born Alpine climber Giusto Gervasutti, a wooden shelter built in his memory was in place of the now Bivacco Gervasutti hotel. The capsule-shaped rooms have the perfect balance on the edge of Mont Blanc offering splendid views of the mountains around. The hotel has been placed here to protect climbers from the punishing weather. Designed by Italian architects Stefano Testa and Luca Gentilcore, the 30 square metre structure powered with solar energy has living and dining rooms, along with two sleeping quarters that can accommodate 12 people at at time. This luxury stay, however, is accessible for those who can climb the Val Ferret.