Satellite Refuge

A Satellite Among The Stars


The Satellite Refuge

Starting at $69,000

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Italian architects Massimo Gnocchi and Paolo Danesi. Elemental is the official North American distributor.

The Origin

The Satellite Refuge is a space where you can enjoy the most beautiful places in the world. A traditional archetype evoked through a contemporary principle, The Refuge acts as today’s interpretation of traditional mountain refuges, bringing in architectural character and spatial quality.

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A prefabricated wood construction system allows the structure to be modular, cutting down costs and times, while giving flexibility on the interior spaces.


The Mountain Refuge is almost entirely built in our warehouse, using premium and natural materials in a sustainable process, minimizing waste and on-site labor.


We help handle the project from end-to-end. From client communication, fabrication, and permitting to managing shipping and assembly - we deliver the nuts and the bolts.


We sweat every detail for a picture-perfect real life experience. At Elemental we craft dwellings that fuse nature and build environments


Breathe easy knowing we kept the bad stuff out. The Refuge comes with a HEPA fresh air intake system, no plastic foam insulation, no formaldehyde in plywood, and no high VOC off-gassing chemicals.


We try to source the best natural materials, like biodegradable or carbon-neutral technologies and sustainably sourced carbon-capturing wood products


We have designed an off-grid upgrade package* able to provide hot water, electricity, heat, and waste disposal - so you can enjoy the most beautiful and remote places in the world.



Frame: Sustainable engineered 2x6 LSL wood frame. Sheathing is the superior ZIP waterproofing system

Loads: Engineered for extreme wind and snow loads to meet and exceed your local building code

Insulation: Included is Mineral Wool recycled insulation with R46 in the roof and floor and R23 in the walls. Upgrades available: additional layers of continuous exterior insulation or organic biodegradable hemp insulation


Included siding: Black metal standing seam siding. Upgradable to Yaki Sugi Japanese-style charred wood siding. Class A fire rated

Glass: High performance double-glazed glass coated with optimized U-Factor and Heat Gain Coefficient for your unique climate and solar orientation


Included cladding: 5/8'' drywall painted in off-white hues
Upgradable: Formaldehyde-free furniture grade birch or maple plywood

Air quality: Pressure tested airtight envelope with healthy levels of AQI, HEPA-filtered air intake

Optional add-ons:

> Heating and cooling: highly efficient mini-split system
> In-floor radiant electric heating

Also included in the base price:

Plumbing, electrical, base siding, flooring, base interior finishes, glass, windows, door, bathroom (shower and WC), ventilation, water heater, faucet, sink, built-in cabinets, metal roofing, smart home hub, all lighting.

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A small space doesn't have to come with trade-offs. From the spacious bathroom to the king sized bed, we worked with volume and area to create an experience that is expansive and feels abundant in its nature.

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A spacious shower and restroom

Built-in cabinets

Loft bed

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I place an order?

Order yours today by Starting Configurator to customize your dwelling. At the end of the configuration wizard you'll be able to schedule a call with our team or proceed with a refundable deposit to secure your build.

What is the price?

Satellite Refuge has multiple configurations, so the pricing depends on your selected configuration. Starting price is $69,000. Start Configurator to customize your Satellite Refuge.


Shipping, installation, site work labor and equipment are separate. Here are rough estimates for site work that you might need to budget. We help you hire a local contractor that will manage all related site work with the support of our project manager.


Permits (county fees) ……………..……..................…...$2,500
Localized Structural Engineering …...................$2,000
Foundation and Earthwork ………………..............….$4,000
Crane / Heavy Equipment …………………................$2,500
Onsite Assembly Crew.............................................$4,000
Shipping (from Boulder, Colorado)..................$4/mile


Note: these are rough estimates based on past projects and don't take into account your unique site conditions

Do you have other models?

There are four Mountain Refuge configurations and more can be created by connecting two or more Refuges with a shared deck of a glass walkway.


  1. Classic Refuge (288 sqft)
  2. Satellite Refuge (144 sqft)
  3. Triple Refuge (432 sqft)
  4. Refuge Plus (500 sqft)


Reach out to us for a custom quote on Triple Refuge, Refuge Plus, or combinations of designs.

Do I have to get a permit?

Most jurisdictions will require you to get a permit for dwellings over 120 sqft (some allow no-permit builds up to 200 sqft). Please check with your local zoning department to see if you qualify for a no-permit install. If you do not, you have an option of contracting a local architect or consultant to submit your permit application based on our drawings and specifications. You could also hire our team to render this service. Elements usually needed for permit submission (we provide all the drawings and specs):


  1. Local Building Code and Zoning review
  2. Site Plan preparation and submittal
  3. Building Permit Packet submittal (includes energy efficiency submittals)
  4. Licensed engineering stamp in your state
  5. Geosoils report by a local engineer
  6. Foundation and utilities plan

What foundation is needed?

The Satellite Refuge needs a simple continuous perimeter wall foundation.

Where do you deliver?

Everywhere in the continental US and Canada. Shipping charges can vary from $2-$7/mile depending on the dwelling model. Ships from Boulder, Colorado.

Do you offer financing?

Yes, we offer financing and no-interest payment schedules from our partners. Financing contract is executed at the time of purchase. Our finance partners might decline financing based on individual underwriting conditions.

How long does it take to fabricate and install?

Here's a usual timetable:


  1. Design, feasibility, and permitting phase: 2 weeks
  2. Dwelling is fully fabricated and delivered to your site: 5 months
  3. Local assembly: 1 week


Executed in parallel: site planning, permitting, foundation and utility work (if required).


Total timeline from deposit to completion: 6 months

Can I customize the design?

All customizations that we provide for each design can be accessed by launching The Configurator. If you would like additional customizations, for example: dwelling size, window locations or sizes, interior finishes, distinct appliances or fixtures - please reach out to us, usually we find a way to work with you on that. Some designs allow for a lot of customization and others are limited to their structure size and footprint. 

What's your warranty?

10 year service warranty on structural integrity, subject to terms

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