Swiss studio Mauro Turin Architectes wants to celebrate the history of the Lavaux wine-making region in Switzerland by cantilevering a museum from the side of a mountain (+ slideshow).
Architect Mauro Turin initially came up with the designs as an imaginary project for a page in Swiss design magazine Hochparterre. "The space is given to architects for a dream of something that could be interesting, or could reveal some parts of an area or idea," said Turin's collaborator Martine Laprise.
Turin chose to design a wine museum dedicated to the historic vineyard terraces, which date back to the eleventh century and step down the side of the landscape to meet Lake Geneva on the western border of the country.
The architect explains how he wanted to create something that would not only tell the story of the World Heritage Site, but also create a landmark that would attract tourists from all around the world. A museum that "offers a walk in the air, allowing an unforgettable experience of Lavaux, Lake Geneva and the Alps could be the answer," he says.
After capturing the attention of the local press and politicians, the architects are now in discussions to develop the building for construction.
Other extreme cantilevers on Dezeen include a glass viewing platform over a glacial valley in Canada and a ski jump in Norway.
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