The lauded architect Zaha Hadid has createdÂ a fitting museumÂ for renowned climber Reinhold Messner, at theÂ precipice of Italian Alpine peak, Mount Kronplatz. Â AtÂ 2,275 metres above sea level, the museum offers Â â€śunique views of the big walls of the Dolomites and the Alpsâ€ť, according to its website. It includesÂ underground galleries, a breathtaking viewing platform cantilevered over a valley, staircases like waterfalls and an entrance through caves.Â
The use of glass-reinforced fibre concrete gives the building’s exterior a pale grey tone, while inside the panels areÂ dark matching the lustre of anthracite coal that is buried below.
Messner issued a statement expressing his joy and approval with the stunning building, “The museum is a mirror of the world of my childhood â€“Â the Geislerspitzen, the central buttress of the Heiligkreuzkofel (the most difficult climb in my whole life) and the glaciated granite mountains of the Ahrn Valley,”Â