Spectacular Zaha Hadid-Designed Mountain Museum Opens in the Dolomites
At 7,463 feet, the museum is one of the highest in Europe.
The Zaha Hadid-designed Messner Mountain Museum (MMM) in Corones, which opened on July 24, is the last in a network of six museums erected on mountaintops across South Tyrol in an ambitious museum project created by the renowned Italian mountaineer, Reinhold Messner.
Messner, who is the first to climb all 14 Eight-thousanders, gained international fame for also becoming the first man to climb Mount Everest without the help of oxygen.
The institution, located on the summit of Mount Kronplatz, offers visitors stunning panoramic views of the Dolomites at 2,275 meters (7,463 feet) above sea level.
The scenic mountain location is offset by Hadid’s creative architecture, which has been designed to integrate the structure into its rocky setting. Recently, the starchitect’s designs for the Tokyo Olympic stadium were scrapped.
Even the interior contains references to the building’s environment, such as the staircases, designed to evoke the stunning Alpine waterfalls found in the region.
It contains items which tell the story of the “supreme discipline of mountaineering,” according to the museum’s website. Objects and photographs from Messner’s climbing career are featured prominently.
Messner reportedly selected the museum’s site due to the “unique location in a true melting pot of the region’s Ladin, Italian, and German-speaking population.”
The other museums founded by Messner include the institution’s flagship at MMM Firmian, located inside Sigmundskron Castle. It shows mountaineering-related historic artifacts and art.
The MMM Dolomites on Monte Rite focuses on paintings of the legendary mountain range by artists spanning from the Romantic period to contemporary art.
Meanwhile, the MMM Juval, in Juval Castle, includes paintings of the world’s “holiest” mountains, the Telegraph reports. It has been designed to attract all travelers and, in addition to paintings, it also includes a mountain zoo, a restaurant, and a farmhouse shop.
MMM Rimuseupa, located in Bruneck Castle in the Puster Valley, focuses on international mountaineering achievements in Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe.
Finally, the ice-themed MMM Museum at Mount Ortler features paintings from the icy mountain as well as exhibits on ice climbing equipment and other arctic-themed artifacts.
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