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This one comes under our category & now for something completely different...
The Messner Mountain Museum Corones is the final instalment in a series of six mountaintop museums built by Reinhold Messner – the first climber to ascend all 14 mountains over 8,000 metres and to reach the summit of Mount Everest without additional oxygen with Peter Habeler. Rohantime readers will be very familiar with the story.
MMM Corones is located on plateau of Plan de Corones Kronplatz, a mountain of the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy,
MMM Corones was cloaked in fabric and mystery before the opening on 23rd July 2015.
The fabric, midnight blue Loden cloth made locally. More than 150 centimetres wide and 350 metres long specially for the grand opening last week. “The colour blue has stood for art and culture since the middle ages,” said Moessmer’s President and Majority Shareholder Paul Oberrauch. “With this grand unveiling, we aim to meld tradition with modernity, just as we do with our fabrics on a daily basis.”
MMM Corones was designed by the renowned Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, famous for powerful, curving forms and elongated structures that avoid right angles. Built into the side of the mountain at 2,275 metres above sea level, the museum is said to offer “unique views of the big walls of the Dolomites and the Alps”, according to the its website.
Highlighting the “supreme discipline of mountaineering” and the lives of mountain climbers, the museum is centred around the theme of “rock” and features a collection of objects, photographs and tools from Mr Messner’s life as a mountaineer. Featuring underground galleries and a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley
The interior of the museum is located underground and only its entrance is visible from the outside. The staircases leading to the three levels of the museum’s exhibition space are designed to resemble waterfalls cascading down a mountain.
There is no doubt Messner Mountain Museum Corones makes you sit up and take notice. It made me reflect on a few questions. How would our planners react to a similar concept in our mountains. How would we, the people, that enjoy the high mountains react. Do undertakings like this future proof the visitor experience in areas that have relied on diminishing snow to delight the visitors.
If you have visited any of the Messner Mountain Museums please tell us about them in the comments below. MMM Corones officially opened its doors 24 July. The museum can be reached directly by means of the cable car or by foot as part of a mountain hike.
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Photo credit: www.wisthaler.com
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