Castel Firmiano Messner Mountain Museum by Werner Tscholl

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Introduction of Castel Firmiano
"Castel Firmiano is one of the oldes castle complexes of South Tyrol.The castle has mainly been constructed in High Middle Age style, while the castle tower belongs to reconstructions in late Gothic style. A residential tower with arched window and door dates back to the 13th century. The circular wall is up to 5 m wide and is characterised by two integrated turrets.
Moreover there is a residential and farm building in the yard, in which today there is a restaurant.Rocks separate the lower and upper castle. However, it was of utmost importance to archduke Sigmund to make his castle one of the most beautiful throughout the area. Some elements do not correspond to the relevant time, e.g. the crenels of various sizes. "
The Castle which is located on a hill between Bolzano and Appiano , hosts the Messner MOuntain Museum, designed by Werner Tscholl. The castle squats on a porphyry spur of Mitterberg overlooking the confluence of the rivers Etsch and Eisack. Sigmundskron was always something special; it is one of the oldest castles in South Tyrol and, with its five-metre-thick walls, an early example of the art of fortified construction. Werner Tscholl, an architect who is a specialist in castle conservation, have a thought to refurbish the castle and maintain it at the most original state. The new added structure remains in the backdrop and serves as a stage for exhibition, while the castle walls become the main feature of the whole complex. His selection of materials for the new added structure are mainly steel, glass and iron to differentiate between the old and new.

The exhibition trail is not only concentrated on the castle itself, but the fortress also offers views of the Texel mountains, the Ötztal Alps and the majestic Schlern. The towns and motorway which passes through the hill are also being captured into the exhibition trail.
( Source: Messner-Mountain- Museum)
Designer: Werner Tscholl
Location: Bozen, Italy
Image Credits: Martino Pietropoli & Werner Tscholl
“The intervention of restoration has involved the cleaning and consolidation of the town walls and ancient buildings, next-in-and above all of which have been made the new facilities to accommodate the necessary services and configure the museum.The project is based on the desire to make clearly visible the coexistence, in this work, three distinct levels: the ancient artefact, intervention contemporary museum, three different experiences, including the emotions that make available. intervention contemporary acts, so to speak, of bridge between the ruins and the museum. Structures included in the cavity of the cylindrical towers are carefully detached from the perimeter walls, mounted in an entirely reversible. spaces and new walkways become the stage for the museum on the Mount of Reinhold Messner, which aims mainly to help the visitors, through an engaging story and making use of works of art, the meaning of “experience”.( source: ArchitectureLab)
Round walk (refer to Messner Mountain Museum website)