Messner Mountain Museum by EM2

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Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

Italian architects EM2 have converted a castle into a mountain museum.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The architects left the exterior untouched but constructed several new rooms in unfinished timber, added wooden staircases inside and opened up the basement.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

Located in the Alps, the Messner Mountain Museum houses a permanent exhibition about people who live in mountainous regions around the world.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

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Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

Photography is by Harald Wisthaler.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The following information is from EM2:


Renovation and adaptation of Castle Bruneck to MMM Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects. Castle Bruneck, which has been reorganised and extended for several times, has been redeveloped and adapted during the years 2008 – 2011 by EM2 Architects from Bruneck.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The architects (Gerhard Mahlknecht, Heinrich Mutschlechner, Kurt Egger) aim consists on one hand in the cultural inheritance saving and restoring and on the other hand in accommodating the exhibition of “mountain people in the world”.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

Telling his own and the history of mountain people at the same time, was the order and cultural responsibility towards the history, the present and the future of the castle.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The difficulty lay in integrating an museum concept for the exhibition “mountain people” in already built historical structures.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The needed extending buildings should be clearly readable, reserved and are established in a contemporary architectural language

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The extending buildings in the access area are consciously made of wood.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

Wood is a material with a restricted life span, it's aging and will once be gone like the MMM on castle Bruneck.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The extension of the subterranean part “Zwinger” is hardly discernible and covered with a passable greenery free surface between castle and castle wall.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

About the subterranean extension, cellar rooms are opened in which, darkness and medieval walls are very perceptible.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

A modern, his technology showing elevator integrated in an late-Gothical part of the building, is part of the museum concept and opens the building for handicapped people.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

A massive wooden stair has been integrated to the round about the year 1282 built tower (Bergfried).

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

While going up to the roof top of the tower, the museums visitor is able to watch the exhibition about “tourism in mountain regions.”

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

The top of the tower offers a beautiful view over Bruneck up to the snowy summits of the Zillertaler Aplen in the Ahrntal valley.

Messner Mountain Museum by EM2 Architects

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  • hercule poirot

    Nice job but poor exhibition facilities. Anyway who the hell is interested in ‘Tourism in mountain regions’ ?

    • Hercule Poirot

      Except tourists in mountain regions, of course:

    • Nic

      There is some irony there. The whole point of going to the mountains, or climbing them, is to get away from dam tourists. Except Everest. More tourists there than the Louvre.

      • Hercule Poirot

        The most interestingitem of their collection seems to be the vintage tent. Think I still have one somewhere in my garage. I once used it in the mountains too. They can have it for a fair price.

      • Devin du Plessis

        Damn tourists are usually at dams not in the mountains ;)

  • dasha

    this looks sooo messy…

  • Fed

    I love how no one of the people who commented on this completely misunderstood the project.

    • Fed

      All of*