recreational amenities at Mount Kronplatz. The MMM Corones adds a further cultural and educational element to this popular Alpine destination. A composition of fl uid, 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.
A cascading ramp connects the exhibition spaces and creates dynamic volumes of circulation throughout three levels of temporary exhibitions, presentation areas and a small auditorium, enabling the museum to showcase its permanent exhibition together with objects, images
and tools from Messner’s archive. MMM Corones will offer 240-degree views across expansive mountain landscapes that include the Zillertal Alps, the Dolomites and the Marmolada glacier. Glazed apertures and viewing balcony are specifi cally oriented to ensure the museum’s interiors are primarily naturally lit while also maintaining the design’s labyrinthine trajectory within the
mountain; incorporating and expressing the power of the natural tectonic system it is a part of.
By immersing the built spaces inside the mountain, the museum maintains an almost constant internal temperature. Construction will begin later this summer with the completion projected in summer 2014.
Zaha Hadid Architects will design the sixth and fi nal 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 fi nal piece in my series of mountain museums. Dedicated...