Dolomites look-out debuts as designed by Messner Architects & Franz Messner
Three years after the initial commission, the plans for an accordant look-out and info-structure of the Dolomites were turned to reality. Back in 2012, Fondazione Dolomiti asked Messner Architects and sculptor Franz Messner to set up the architectonic, landscaping, and graphic standards of these systems. The task was to come up with a solution that would live up to the UNESCO World Heritage status of the site while adding a landmark that enhances the natural surroundings. After the prototype’s success, the look-out was finally built and opened for the public in July near Dobbiacco.
Set 2305 m above sea level, the Messners designed a platform, partly floating above the ground which is achieved with a slight raise in the ground. The outer perimeter of the structure is covered with steel, while the path above is filled with rubble sourced from the site. As small canyon was formed which leads visitors to the centre, where information is stored and presented in a circular pattern. Rather than adding to it, the architects intended to transform the landscape, but in a way that it would present a strong connection to the context. The Monte Specie lookout is therefore a real contemporary architectural gesture relying on and embedded into a stunning natural heritage site.
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