There are all kinds of impressive museums all over the world. While some are traditional ones – museum built in big cities, where tourists frequently stop to visit them – some of them are incredibly unusual. Whether it is the theme they are built upon or the very building they were made it, these museums attract all attention. Zaha Hadid wanted to create such a project. She created a museum for the renowned climber Reinhold Messner at the top of the Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz.
Reinhold Messner was the first mountaineer to climb Mount Everest without the aid of an oxygen tank. He also ascended 14 mountains all over the world that are over 8.000 meters high. Since managing these impressive feats, he has gone around commissioning a series of mountaintop museums. Messner Mountain Museum Corones, designed by Zaha Hadid, is the last museum in the series. The impressive museum is embedded within Mount Kronplatz. It can be found 2,275 metres above sea level, in the heart of the popular sky resort located in South Tyrol, Italy. The museum exhibits many types of objects linked to Messner’s life as a mountaineer. What makes this museum truly unique is the fact that it is partially buried into the mountain. It features several underground galleries.
“The idea [is] that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views from Zillertal Alps in the north to the Dolomites and South Tyrol,” Zaha Hadid said, explaining why she had chosen that particular design for the museum.
At a first glance, tourists can see three angular canopies emerge directly from the ground, mimicking the large boulders often seen on a mountaintop. The exterior is pale grey in order to blend in with the surroundings. The interior is darker, similar to the anthracite coal buried in the earth.
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