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Messner Mountain Museum, Corones wins Blueprint Award for best public-use privately funded project

The Messner Mountain Museum, Corones, Italy won the best public-use privately funded project at the Blueprint Awards 2016. Now in its third year, the awards are given to projects that have been shortlisted by a jury based on a rigorous selection process, before Blueprint readers select the winners.

Embedded within the summit of Mount Kronplatz, 2,275m above sea level at the centre of South Tyrol’s most popular ski resort, the Messner Mountain Museum Corones is surrounded by the alpine peaks of the Zillertal, Ortler and Dolomites. Established by renowned climber Reinhold Messner, the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum explores the traditions, history and discipline of mountaineering.

Informed by the shards of rock and ice of the surrounding landscape, concrete canopies have been cast in-situ and rise from the ground to protect the museum’s entrance, viewing windows and terrace. Zaha Hadid explained the concept of the design: “The idea is that visitors can descend within the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the terrace overhanging the valley far below with spectacular, panoramic views.”

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Blueprint Awards 2016

Download images of the Messner Mountain Museum here