Noa* has designed a unique construction on top of the Schnals Valley glacier. It is close to the Glacier Hotel Grawand, one of the highest hotels in Europe. The aim of the project was to design a viewing platform on which one can experience the Italian Alps in all their glory.
noa*, Network of Architecture, is an architecture studio run by Lukas Rugger and Stefan Rier. The studio has an office in Bolzano in Italy and one in Berlin. The young team strives to create projects that complement the environment. The viewing platform is made of a light Corten steel construction that blends in with the landscape. The mountain cross on the top was integrated into the design so the two do not oppose each other. To create a floating feeling, the platform was connected to the mountain as little as structurally possible. If you stand on the platform you seem to fly above the mountains.
If you stand on the platform you seem to fly above the mountains.
The platform is surrounded by Corten steel slats. These close and open to the environment depending on where you are standing, creating a dynamic experience of the surroundings. On the platform a viewpoint has been created that is directed towards the place where Ötzi, the ice mummy, was discovered. Ötzi is the oldest ice mummy found in Europe, presumably from the Copper Age. noa* created a Corten steel space that points like the lens of a camera towards the location where he was found. A glass balcony hangs over the edge of the vantage point. Schnals Valley glacier has become even more impressive thanks to a fine piece of architecture. The viewing platform, which was completed in August 2020, adds to the value of the glacier. It is already a popular place for hikers, skiers and tourists. The proximity of the historic find Ötzi adds an interesting piece of history to the experience.
Photography by Alex Filz