State of the Refuges
The stone base layer, is what exists today of Carrozzu refuge. The above floor is the proposed design for the modernization.
The renovation of the refuges has been a subject of conversation for years. The small structures were not built to welcome such a volume of walkers and the kitchens were never designed for a guardian to prepare and sell food.
It was announced in the local newspaper, Corse Matin, that the Regional Park, the Le Parc Naturel Régional de Corse (PNRC) are starting the project with the renovation of the first two refuges in the North, Ortu du Piobbu and Carozzu. The sum of money needed to renovate these two structures is estimated at 1.5 million euros each. The EU will be financing 650,000 euros per refuge of this colossal sum.
The architectural project is in the hands of a Corsican based company, called Orma Architettura. The renovation of these old small structures is considered urgent, as well as having a design that is in keeping with the environment, it’s urgent to provide accommodation and a service that corresponds to the expectations of walkers.
It is worth remembering that the guardians are not responsible for the limited resources that they are, at present, having to work with. Thanks to their perseverance and hard work during the season, they enable us to walk without having to carry a monster backpack.