Cover picture credits: ©Messner Mountain Museum
Cover picture credits: ©Messner Mountain Museum

Zaha Hadid on Kronplatz: MMM Corones

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Zaha Hadid is one of the most famous contemporary architects, and according to many, one of the brightest architects of the modern era. She was the first woman awarded with a Pritzker price and in return, she continued awarding the humanity with amazing pieces of architecture. Some of them are built in Italy. The Twisted Generali tower in Milano,  the MAXXI museum in Rome and the MMM Corones on Kronplatz are exceptional examples of Hadid's work, displaying her characteristic approach to the architecture. She is best known as an architect that always insisted on her ideas without compromising. In her objects, it is evident that she engaged more to the aesthetic perspective than the functionality, and this is most often the case on which she is criticised for. 

Portrait of Zaha Hadid, photo by Steve Double
Portrait of Zaha Hadid, photo by Steve Double

What does MMM stand for?

In 2006, a hub of museums was formed by the extreme climber, Reinhold Messner. The museum project consists of five galleries based at six separate locations: Firmian, Juval, Dolomites, Ortles, Ripa, and Corones.  

The MMM Firmian is the main piece of this museum project and focuses on man’s connection with the mountains.  

The MMM Juval is dedicated to the "magic of the mountains", (mystical mountains and their spiritual significance). The MMM Dolomites is dedicated to the subject of rocks, particularly in the Dolomites. The museum contains a mountain observation platform that offers a 360° panorama of the surrounding Dolomites. The MMM Ortles is dedicated to the history of mountaineering on ice. The MMM Ripa in South Tyrol is dedicated to the mountaineers, with emphasis on their cultures, religions, and tourism activities. The MMM Corones on Kronplatz is dedicated to traditional mountaineering. The object hosted in this last museum, which has been opened in July 2015, was designed by Zaha Hadid. 

Photo credits ©Marco Almbauer
Photo credits ©Marco Almbauer

The concrete structure that is penetrating the mountain, is adapted in a way so that it allows an interior 270 degrees view. The three-level space is leading the visitor in the space, and the interior seems to have absorbed the surrounding view. 

The object  is successfully presenting the powerful experience of a mountain, and it cannot be described in words. Instead, have a look at the videos and photos that will definitely trigger your attention! Get ready to hit the mountain. It is totally worth it!.


The author

Zlata Golaboska

Zlata Golaboska

I am Zlata and I am an architect living in the Balkans. I am passionate about cities, how people influence architecture and vice versa, and how places change our lives.

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