Messner Mountain Museum Corones
by Zaha Hadid Architects

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Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid has revealed images of her addition to the Messner Mountain Museum, a string of buildings dotted through the Dolomites of northern Italy.

Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid

For the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum building, Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a softly curved building that will tunnel right through the peak of Mount Kronplatz, which forms part of the Kronplatz ski resort.

Like the five other museum buildings, the structure will house exhibitions exploring mountainous regions around the world. A pointed glass canopy will mark the entrance to the building, while a viewing platform will extend from the rockface on the opposite side.

Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid

"A composition of fluid, interconnected volumes, the 1000 square-metre MMM Corones design is carved within the mountain and informed by the geology and topography of its context," says the studio.

Construction is already underway and the museum is set to open in 2014.

Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid
Cross section - click for larger image

The Messner Mountain Museum also includes a building in a converted castle, completed by Italian studio EM2 in 2011.

Zaha Hadid Architects has several buildings nearing completion at the moment, including a university block in Hong Kong and an undulating cultural centre in Azerbaijan. See more architecture by Zaha Hadid »

Here's a project description from Zaha Hadid Architects:


Zaha Hadid Architects will design the sixth and final Messner Mountain Museum at Plan de Corones, South Tyrol, Italy. 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.

"Located at the top of Mount Kronplatz with its unique views of the Dolomites, MMM Corones is the final 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.

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.

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. A sharp glass canopy, like a fragment of glacial ice, rises from the rock to mark and protect the museum’s entrance.

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
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

  • versa

    Stop building in Dolomiti, please!

  • Kris

    No, no, no, no, NO!

    • amsam

      Si si si si si si si si SI! Your turn, we can keep doing this forever.

  • alex

    Stop, just please stop. This is not architecture, this is industrial design.

  • http://twitter.com/velizjoseph @velizjoseph

    Too much T-Splines.

  • pipo

    Reinhold Messner is a legend! I don’t give a hoot about the architecture, I’m so happy his museum project will be completed now.

  • Miki

    Quasi cybertrash. Stupid!

  • guest

    Ms Hadid is deeply misunderstanding the basics of alpine buildings. And btw: Innsbruck Hungeburgbahn copy/paste.

    • Joe

      There's nothing wrong with taking inspiration from your own work.

    • shamed

      Totally, but some architects call it “creating your own style” so Zaha Hadid has a trademark now: you recognise her buildings easily and I think there’s nothing wrong with it when it responds to a similar environment. The “problematica” can be solved in the same way.

      • Anna

        True but she is boring me.

  • Allan

    It could be good. The second picture is really nice.

  • jt1

    Why would anyone want to ruin a lovely pinnacle with a building? What a shame…

  • Ricky Bobby

    Another reason why Zaha Hadid is one of the most coveted architects of the 21st Century.

  • Pierre

    Please not! This is a cheap copy/paste move. And sooo ugly. I love her early work (Phaeno, Vitra, Maxxi). But now some interns are just copy/pasting cheap formal icons. This is really terrible. Zaha, please stop!

  • Devin du Plessis

    I love all Zaha’s work. These subjective “it’s bad architecture because I don’t like it” comments are RUBBISH. However, I do feel that it does not concretise the genius loci, which basically means it does not capture the feel and atmosphere or spirit of a place. A powerful site like this needs to be implanted in the feel of the building.

    I would suggest that the form is very appropriate, however the edge treatment, i.e. the roundness, is not correct for a site with jagged rocks. Also, the material is inappropriate. Even though a similar form worked for Capital Hill residence (my favourite house) I don’t think it works in this case. Close, and the tunnel concept is SO exciting, but no cigar yet.

    • kate

      No they are not rubbish. Architecture should be for people, not for architects or Zaha fans.

  • g.o.b.

    Out of touch.

  • daniel nadal

    This project is an absolute disgrace. Architects should stop acting as fancy designers. The Earth has rhythms, and there is a very important sense of intimacy when reaching a summit. No doubt that Zaha has no idea about that feelings. And yes, its quite relevant. If you want urban entertainment to show Messner’s life, please, go down.

    These piece will fit a lovely park. If you want to show respect about a mountain, about climbing, about mountaineering, do not hesitate to reject the project and take care of the Dolomites. This is not for fun, there is no return when damaging mountains. Go home with architectural plays. A guess be honest: no discussion is available in this case.

    • MichiH

      I wonder if you ever were on the Kronplatz? There is nothing left to destroy…just Google it!

      • BenE

        MichiH is right! Kronplatz is just a windswept flat mountain top, totally unenthralling and not exciting like the huge cliffs closer to the Sella Ronda. Its prospect, however, is very good, so this location is very suitable for a mountaineering museum where visitors can look at other mountains that hold some interest. On the design, Kronplatz will be covered in snow for about half the year so the materiality really suits it for that season. During the summer I think it would maybe be a bit much. I’m also not sure I subscribe to people’s theories that a building should formally mimic its context.

  • kate

    Seems thoughtless, like she takes one blitz idea like “yeeeah building under rock would be cool” and than she makes some senseless fluid shape in a 3D program to give it a futuristic shine, and thats it. It looks like 90% of architecture.

    Her work is way overrated. Honestly, every time I see her work it hurts my eyes for giving her an advantage over fresh minds and ideas that are worthwhile.

  • Enya

    The height — literally — of self aggrandisement and egregious arrogance. How is this different from blowing up the Buddhas of Bamiyan?

  • Tom

    As an architect, I think that to have such a style that you follow so rigidly just indicates arrogance, and an ignorance towards the environment that you are designing for.

  • ph7

    Oh noooo! Parametric pollution is on the top of the world. Ouch this hurts!

  • Peter

    What is more important – the architect or the architecture?