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Designed in London, built in Austria

11. December 2007

Innsbruck has a new mountain railway courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects in London. The architects have designed four futuristic stations on the Nordpark Cable Railway which has been hailed as Europe’s first designer railway.   

Zaha Hadid's new glass-and-concrete Nordpark Cable Railway, which opened to the public on 1 December, gives skiers a 25-minute trip from the Austrian city of Innsbruck to the top of area resort Nordpark. The stations look like glistening waves, frozen in time. The architect claims the design was inspired by “a frozen stream on the mountainside.”

“The metaphor of the frozen fluid was what immediately came to mind,” says Thomas Vietzke, the project architect. “We studied the shapes of glaciers and moraines. We wanted the stations to appear like carved ice in the landscape, like a frozen stream falling down the slopes.”

Nordpark Funicular Railway

Zumtobel, the Austrian supplier of integral lighting solutions provided the spectacular lighting for the project. 


This new snow-train skyway is not so much about getting from A to B - vital though this is for the inhabitants of Innsbruck’s northern suburbs. It’s part of that old-fashioned Alpine tradition the scenic railway, in which the experience of the movement, the incredible views, the thrill of the ride, are as important as reaching your destination.

The lighting for the funicular railway was provided by the Austrian company Zumtobel, which has also worked with Zaha Hadid Architects on two previous projects. 
 
© Nordpark

Modern computer-aided design - here car design programmes - mean that ever more complex curves can be realised. 

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