Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects

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Zaha Hadid Architects recently announced they are building the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones, , Italy which is set to be completed in the summer of 2014. In collaboration with Reinhold Messner, one of the world’s most renowned mountaineers, as well as Kronplatz, the largest ski resort in the region, the Messner Mountain Museum (MMM Corones) is embedded within Mount Kronplatz. A composition of fluid, interconnected volumes, the 1000 sq. m. MMM Corones design is carved within the mountain and informed by the geology and topography of its context. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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“Located at the top of Mount Kronplatz with its unique views of the Dolomites, MMM Corones is the fi nal piece in my series of mountain museums. Dedicated to the great rock faces of the world, the museum will focus on the discipline of mountaineering,“ explains Reinhold Messner. A sharp glass canopy, like a fragment of glacial ice, rises from the rock to mark and protect the museum’s entrance.

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Inaugurated in 2003, the Concordia 2000 Peace Bell was the first step in combining cultural facilities with the sporting and recreational amenities at Mount Kronplatz. The MMM Corones adds a further cultural and educational element to this popular Alpine destination.

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A cascading ramp connects the exhibition spaces and creates dynamic volumes of circulation throughout three levels of temporary exhibitions, presentation areas and a small auditorium, enabling the museum to showcase its permanent exhibition together with objects, images and tools from Messner’s archive.

MMM Corones will offer 240-degree views across expansive mountain landscapes that include the Zillertal Alps, the Dolomites and the Marmolada glacier. Glazed apertures and viewing balcony are specifically oriented to ensure the museum’s interiors are primarily naturally lit while also maintaining the design’s labyrinthine trajectory within the mountain; incorporating and expressing the power of the natural tectonic system it is a part of. By immersing the built spaces inside the mountain, the museum maintains an almost constant internal temperature.

Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: South Tyrol, Italy
Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher
Project Architect: Cornelius Schlotthauer
Design Team: Cornelius Schlotthauer, Peter Irmscher
Execution Team: Peter Irmscher, Markus Planteu, Claudia Wulf
Structural Engineer: IPM
Mechanical Engineer + Fire Protection: Jud & Partner
Electrical Engineer: Studio GM
Client: Skirama Kronplatz, Plan de Corones
Status: Under construction
Area: 1,000m²
Date: 2012-2014
Photographs: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones Proposal / Zaha Hadid Architects" 22 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Joel

    Enough with T-Splines already!

  • archi

    The office of Zaha no longer designs projects to their context (if they ever did). They design to their “brand”. This isn’t architecture as I understand it. I’m not even sure it’s industrial design. Fashion design…?

  • lxd

    can’t see it anymore. corporate design like starbucks, mc dondalds? on a mountain? end of the line is reached, ms. hadid, isn’t it?

  • Bubble

    More work on materials would help a lot to make this more convincing, IMO. It’s a shame they always insist on using that same, generic, matte, white whatever-that-is…

  • filippo

    enough now

  • getto_ver_yerselves

    Haters be hatin’… A thoughtful approach to an imagined experience I’d say

  • bLogHouse

    Piercing the peak!? How original! In reality it won’t happen like that, just another gimmick.

  • bham

    This looks like a piece fell off Zaha’s Heydar Aliyev Museum and got lodged in a mountaintop…

  • ChrisFromAlps

    Sorry. This can’t compete with the beauty of the Dolomite Mountains. A building in this altitude and outside of urban areas should be much more decent. Just MHO.

  • narges

    this isn’t enough …. please give me plans and elevation for this project .. i cant find

  • Amin Dolatkhah

    wow wow wow thank you archdaily, I got idea at the first look…my mind was lost but suddenly one thing was ran in my head…