Reinhold Messner the 70-year-old mountaineer, adventurer, explorer, and author from the autonomous Italian province of South Tyrol has been honoured with a museum, designed by iconic architect Zaha Hadid. 

The striking building is buried at the top of Alpine peak Mount Kronplatz in South Tyrol and features a warren of underground galleries mounted by a viewing platform cantilevered over a valley.

"The idea [is] that visitors can descend into the mountain to explore its caverns and grottos, before emerging through the mountain wall on the other side, out onto the overhanging terrace with its spectacular, panoramic views from Zillertal Alps in the north to the Dolomites and South Tyrol," Zaha Hadid said.

Messner released a statement, saying: "The museum is a mirror of the world of my childhood – the Geislerspitzen, the central buttress of the Heiligkreuzkofel (the most difficult climb in my whole life) and the glaciated granite mountains of the Ahrn Valley."

Take a look at the stunning new museum via the gallery below.

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