A brand new glass box was set on Europe’s highest mountain peak to offer tourists a breathtaking experience. The peak is Aiguille du Midi (3,842 m) which can be found in some of the most picturesque, high-altitude landscapes in the world, the French Alps, more precisely, in the Mont Blanc massif.
The installation set up 1,035 meters (3,396 ft) high on the peak is not accidentally called ‘Step Into the Void’. Once you take courage to step into the glass room suspended off the side of the mountain, one kilometer of empty space opens below your feet. Alongside the awe-inspiring views that extend out as far as Italy and Switzerland, the structure can induce you the feeling of walking on air.
‘Step Into the Void’ can withstand winds of more than 220km/ h and a maximum temperature of 60°. The glass room is built around a metal frame and is composed by 5 glass walls. Each wall has 12mm or 1/2 inch thick and is made of three layers of glass binded together. The construction has been designed by Pierre-Yves Chays and was inspired by the “Skywalk”, a huge glass walkway overlooking the Grand Canyon in the US state of Arizona.
‘Step Into the Void’ can be reached in almost 20 min by The Aiguille du Midi cable car.
The Aiguille du Midi attracts every year thousands of tourists and since December 2013 the glass box is the newest point of interest. The box is just a part of an ambitious project that includes a full rehabilitation of the location. An alpinism memorabilia, a mountaineering museum and an ice-cave are next on the agenda.
If given the opportunity, would you be brave enough to step into the void?
Sources: chamonix.net, thedailybeast.com
Photos by Robert Pratta
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