Located 2,275m above sea level and surrounded by alpine peaks of the Zillertal, Ortler, and Dolomites, Messner Mountain Museum Corones offers breathtaking view. It stands at the center South Tyrol’s most popular ski resort, if you’ve been there, you know how amazing that place is.
Zaha Hadid was commissioned to design a magnificent Museum that represents the traditions, history, and discipline of mountaineering. It would be the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum. Hadid says that the concept of the architecture here is to offer visitors a perfect view and location within the mountain in order to explore its caverns and grottos, the continue through the mountain wall on the other side, out to the beautiful terrace overhanging the valley var below with jaw dropping panoramic views. Messner is the person that has climbed all 14 mountains around the world over 8,000 meters, and the first person to climb Mount Everest without the help of tanked oxygen. This museum will welcome visitors from all around the world throughout the year where they can explore Messner’s world, a place where humanity is pushed to its limits.
Designer : Zaha Hadid Architects
Reinhold Messner’s vision for the museum that is submerged into the peak of Mount Kronplatz features specific locations where the museum would emerge from ground. First, there’s a window looking out southwest to the peak of the Peitlerkofel mountain, the second window faces toward the Heiligkreuzkofel peak, and the third, last window, will face west to the Ortler and South Tyrol.
Due to the shards or rock and ice of the surrounding landscape, there are concrete canopies cast in-situ and rise from the ground up to protect the entrance, viewing windows, and terrace. The exterior panels are constructed from a lighter shade of glass reinforced fiber concrete, then fold within the museum in order to blend with darker interior panels.
A series of staircases just like waterfalls in a mountain stream connect the museum to the exhibition spaces. The lowest level offers visitors view windows as they traverse through the galleries and come out onto the beautiful terrace that projects 6m from mountainside, offering a wonderful 240-degree panorama across the Alps.
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