zaha hadid embeds museum for reinhold messner within alpine summit zaha hadid embeds museum for reinhold messner within alpine summit
jul 29, 2015

zaha hadid embeds museum for reinhold messner within alpine summit

 

located the summit plateau of plan de corones in the italian alps, the sixth and final museum dedicated to the career of reinhold messner has been been completed by zaha hadid architects. named messner mountain museum or MMM corones, the institution, which is now open to the public, explores the discipline of mountain climbing through a unique collection of photographs and various items collected by messner during his lifetime as an explorer. messner is acclaimed for making the first ascent of mount everest without supplemental oxygen, (along with austrian mountaineer peter habeler), and for being the first climber to complete all fourteen ‘eight-thousanders’ (peaks at least 8,000 meters above sea level).

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
(above) the concrete structure is buried within the mountain’s summit
image © wisthaler
(main) image © san vigilio – associazione turistica

 

 

 

taking nearly two years to complete, the concrete structure is buried within the mountain’s summit. a singular entrance leads guests inside underground gallery spaces, before three volumes protrude at the rear of the design, offering impressive views over the alpine landscape. internally, reinhold messner was given free reign to design the museum spaces, explaining: ‘at the MMM corones, I recount the history and development of modern mountain climbing, from the equipment and its transformation over the last 250 years, to the triumphs and tragedies of the world’s most famous mountains — the matterhorn, cerro torre, K2. it is unbelievably exciting to tell stories from a stage of this magnitude.’

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
the institution, which is now open to the public, explores the discipline of mountain climbing
image © wisthaler

 

 

 

systems of cascading staircases characterize the interiors and create dynamic volumes of circulation throughout three levels of temporary exhibition space, themed presentations, and a small auditorium. glazed apertures are oriented so that interiors are predominantly sunlit while still welcoming the presence of the rocky and bucolic surroundings. in addition, the total immersion of the built form into the mountain allows the museum to maintain an almost constant internal temperature.

 

see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

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three volumes protrude at the rear of the design
image © messner mountain museum / MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
impressive views are offered over the alpine landscape
image © messner mountain museum/ MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
image © messner mountain museum / MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
the singular entrance leads guests inside underground gallery spaces
image © MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
impressive views over the the mountains
image © MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
internally, reinhold messner was given free reign to design the exhibition layout
image © wisthaler

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
the immersion of the built form into the mountain allows the museum to maintain a constant temperature
image © wisthaler

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
systems of cascading staircases characterize the project’s interiors
image © wisthaler

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
hadid’s signature fluid forms are found throughout the design
image © wisthaler

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
various items collected by messner during his lifetime as an explorer are presented
image © wisthaler

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
image © MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
image © MMM corones

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
the dramatic unveiling of the museum, which took almost two years to complete
image © wisthaler

zaha hadid messner mountain museum mmm corones kronplatz alps mountaintop designboom
a huge crowd gathered for the opening of the institution
image © wisthaler

 

 

  • Stunning and powerful.

    Dillon says:
  • Uh, I thought Messner does not like changing the landscape for mountain experience? But – it looks nice, by the way.

    Dirk16 says:
  • What I admire most in ZH buildings is the concrete contractors!

    delaxo says:
  • it’s more the contractor of rainscreen cladding in thin fibre-concrete. see http://www.rieder.cc and others 🙂

    rono says:

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