Path of Perspectives Panorama Trail on Innsbruck’s Nordkette Range / Snøhetta

Take a moment and reflect both inwardly and out over the landscape

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The Path of Perspectives or “Perspektivenweg”, designed by Snøhetta for the Nordkettenbahn cable railway, introduces a series of ten architectural elements along the panorama trail in the alpine landscape that highlight the unique features of Innsbruck’s spectacular Nordkette mountain range.

▼项目概览,overview  ©Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen / Quirin Müller


▼步道鸟瞰图,aerial view of the trail  ©Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen / Quirin Müller

The Nordkette is the southernmost mountain chain in the Karwendel, the largest mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps located just north of the Tyrolean city of Innsbruck. The Hungerburg and Nordkette funiculars bring visitors directly from the city center to the Seegrube cable car station at 1,905 meters above sea level, where the Path of Perspectives unfurls in breathtaking alpine surroundings. Here, the 2.8-kilometer meandering panorama trail and its individual elements entice visitors to take a stroll up its 142-meter elevational change.

▼悬挑的观景台,the viewing platform seems to grow out of the terrain  ©Christian Flatscher

▼观景台底部设计营造出一种漂浮于云端的感觉,the metal grate underfoot gives a sense of floating above the terrain  ©Christian Flatscher

步道沿途中的装置微妙地融入周围环境中,为游客体验阿尔卑斯山的景观提供了不同的角度。长椅和观景台等装置成为了步道途中独特的标记点,同时也被游客们作为约定的集会地点。“装置的设立旨在为游客提供更好的体验,其小巧的设计是为了突显山脉的壮观。”Snøhetta因斯布鲁克工作室的总建筑师Patrick Lüth表示。

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 along the trail or serves as a meeting point. “Using small design gestures, we highlight striking elements of the Alpine landscape, adding to the experience of the dramatic mountain scenery rather than creating one eye-catching structure,” explains Patrick Lüth, Architect and Managing Director of Snøhetta’s Innsbruck office.

▼长椅,benches  ©Christian Flatscher

▼将山下风景尽收眼底,enjoying uninterrupted views below  ©Christian Flatscher

悬挑于山体的观景台犹如从地形中优雅地生长出来,突显出地形的原有特点。游客在平台上可以将山下客栈及其周围景色尽收眼底,平台底部的金属格栅营造出一种漂浮于云端的感觉。位于植被带交界的一系列阶梯结构将山上奇妙的自然景观突显出来。步道沿线的斜靠台可供登山者停靠休息,同时欣赏Langer Sattel和Frau Hitt山峰的景色。一系列被称作“Big Stone”的木质平台被设置在山体的不同高度,抬升于地面的结构成为了游客们最喜欢的休息场所。在海拔更高的地方则设有阶梯式休息平台,带给游客剧场般的独特感受。

The viewing platform, which seems to grow out of the terrain, elegantly projects over the edge of the landscape and emphasizes the topographical changes. Standing on the platform, visitors can enjoy uninterrupted views of the Inn Valley below, while the metal grate underfoot gives a sense of floating above the terrain. At the transition from the timberline to scrub mountain pine vegetation, a staircase structure marks this natural phenomenon. A counter allows hikers a chance to lean and admire their first impression of the striking Langer Sattel and Frau Hitt peaks. The wooden platforms surrounding the gentle elevation of the so-called “Big Stone” on various levels make it a popular resting spot. At a slightly higher elevation, stepped wooden platforms form an amphitheater.

▼木质平台,the wooden platforms  ©Christian Flatscher

▼阶梯式休息平台,stepped wooden platforms  ©Christian Flatscher

▼带给游客剧场般的独特感受,forming an amphitheatre  ©Christian Flatscher

观景步道将山上既有的耐候钢制的雪崩防护结构重新利用。新增结构也均以耐候钢作为材料,完美地融入周围环境中。平台和斜靠台选择山上盛产的落叶松木材作为材料。奥地利哲学家路德维希·维特根斯坦(Ludwig Wittgenstein)的名言被雕刻钢结构上,使游客在欣赏外部风景的同时,对自己进行内在反思,为观景步道赋予了双重意义。

Each of the ten elements are shaped from Corten steel, a material choice that was inspired by the context and prior interventions. “Perspektivenweg” adapts the existing technical structures of Nordkette’s avalanche barriers, which are made of the same weathered steel. Larch wood, typical for the local forests, forms its seating and reclining platforms. Quotes from Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein are inscribed on the new 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.

▼斜靠台,reclining platforms  ©Christian Flatscher

▼以耐候钢作为材料,corten steel as material  ©Christian Flatscher

▼奥地利哲学家路德维希·维特根斯坦的名言被雕刻钢结构上,quotes from Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein are inscribed on the new features  ©Christian Flatscher

▼步道平面图及十处装置位置标注,site plan showing the location of the ten architectural elements  ©Snøhetta

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