The Messner Mountain Museum Corones (MMM) today opened its doors to the public. The project, which is the last in a series of six mountain-top museums, turned to Zaha Hadid, the luminary Iraqi-British architect behind some of the world’s most iconic projects.
The ambitious museum project was curated by Reinhold Messner, the Italian mountaineer best known for making the first ascent of Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen. Hadid’s museum, built into the side of the mountain, sits 2,275 metres above sea level in northern Italy and is said to offer ‘unique views of the Dolomites and the Alps.'
The museum is designed to blend into the surroundings, only its entrance visible from outside. Speaking on his website Messner said that he and Hadid chose Kronplatz, a UNESCO World Heritage site situated between the peaks of the Zillertal Alps and the Dolomites, due to its unique location ‘in a true melting pot of the region’s Ladin, Italian and German-speaking population.’
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The museum, accessible only by cable car, is devoted to the traditions, history and methods of mountaineering. A highlight is the exterior viewing platform, combined with Ms Hadid’s innovative design: the museum’s exhibition space is designed to resemble walls cascading down a mountain.