A Building Stuffed Mountain. Because, Hadid.
Okay, so get this... there's this guy, Reinhold Messner, who became famous for making the first climb to the top of Mount Everest without the use of an oxygen tank. Y'all. That's 29,000ft above sea level. That's how high commerical planes FLY. Take a minute to wrap your head around that.
Okay, moving on...
Messner has spent the last decade building museums dedicated to the sport he loves, mountain climbing. For his sixth & most recent museum, MMM Corones, he tapped the insanely talented Zaha Hadid to design it. (Personally, I fell in love with Hadid when I was in architecture school & discovered the The Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati). The result is a glorious concrete structure buried into the side of a mountain. Mount Kronplatz to be exact, somewhere in Italy.
"Open to the public for the first time in late July, the museum sits 7,000 feet above the sea level and is made of glass-reinforced fibre concrete, which is pale grey on the outside to mimic the outer surface of the mountain and a shade darker on the inside to match the tones of anthracite coal buried underground. Three 'concrete canopies' emerge from the ground like giant shards of rock, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountain ranges to visitors inside."
"The idea [is] that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views," Hadid said in a press statement.
Zaha Hadid, architect turned furniture & shoe designer (architects have REALLY made it when that start designing things that aren't, well, architecture), has done it again. Killin' the game, sister!
Source: Fast Company