First climber to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 metres above sea level, first to ascend alone and without supplementary oxygen the on Mount Everest, Reinhold Messner has made over 500 hikes. All of that makes him one of the greatest adventurers of our times. His love of the mountain has lead him to conduct one of the craziest museum projects in the world: The Messner Mountain Museum. Consisting of six locations this museum explores all aspects of this man’s complex relationship with mountains, from its religious significance to mountaineering’s history.
The MMM Corones on Kronplaz, might be the most fascinating of these museums. Built by Zaha Hadid, this museum is an ode to the mountains, embodying a perfect balance between art and nature. 4,000 cubic meters of earth has been moved to built build the museum, and yet it feels as if it was a natural extension of this mountain, as if it had always been there. Walls were built from in-situ reinforced concrete, colours of the outside walls and interiors are reproducing replicating the Dolomites’ natural shades, from the light shades of the limestone to the darker colouration found below the surface.
We’re sharing with you images of this impressive “building of art,” as our small tribute to Zaha Hadid, “the Queen of the curve” and one of the most talented contemporary form makers, who has left this world and reached other heights this year.