The Hungerburg and Nordkette funiculars bring visitors directly from the city center of Innsbruck to the Seegrube cable car station at 1,905 meters above sea level, where the Path of Perspectives unfurls in breathtaking alpine surroundings. Along the path, the subtle architectural interventions blend seamlessly into this spectacular landscape, offering visitors an opportunity to experience the staggering vistas of the alpine landscape from different perspectives. Every element, from the benches to the viewing platform, marks a unique point or serves as a meeting point.
The elements are shaped from Corten steel, a material choice that was inspired by the existing avalanche barriers. Larch wood, typical for the local forests, forms its seating and reclining platforms. Quotes from Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein are inscribed on the architectural features. The words invite visitors to take a moment and reflect, both inwardly and out over the landscape, giving a dual meaning to the path of perspectives.
What makes this project one-of-a-kind?
Using small design gestures, Snøhetta highlights striking elements of the Alpine landscape, adding to the experience of the dramatic mountain scenery. The subtle architectural interventions blend seamlessly into this spectacular landscape.
Portrait: Thomas Schrott
Authors: Snøhetta; Patrick Lüth
Collaborator: Prof. Allan Janik, Wittgenstein scholar
Structural Engineer: Tragwerkspartner ZT GmbH, Innsbruck
Client: Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen Betriebs GmbH
Photos: Christian Flatscher
Location: Innsbruck, Austria
Year of completion: 2018
Area: 2.8-kilometer panorama trail, 10 architectural elements
Project partners: Schlosserei Mayr, Fulpmes (metal construction), Pfurtscheller Bau, Fulpmes (construction)