Somewhere along the mountains of Austria is a vast space where there was once a mule track. In it is a road that now links the Passeiertal valley and the Ötztal valley. A stunning piece of architecture called the Timmelsjoch Experience Pass Museum now captivates viewers and travellers. Designed by Werner Tscholl Architects, this structure compliments its surroundings of rough rocks and stone. It juts out of the South Tyrolean side onto the North like a piece of sculpture that resembles a natural boulder. What is interesting is how it is anchored into its’ foundation considering it looks as if it would tip over and fall.
The Timmelsjoch Experience evolved over thousands of years as similarities between the two valleys natural came into place. It was made into an experience as one can witness several architectural and natural sculptures along the road. Among these is the Pass Museum which is sometimes coined “The Ice Cave”. It pays tribute to the great contributions and achievements of the pioneers of the High Alpine Cove.
Careful and precise execution, along with creativity and respect for nature is what sets it apart as a beautiful piece of architecture. The designers maintained respect for the natural beauty which surrounds it by using a natural earth tone finish. Interiors are also done in neutral colors while important highlights of the museum were executed in black and white.
Article by Marilen Faustino-Montenegro