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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

CABLE CAR MERANO 2000 by Roland Baldi architects

 
March 25th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Roland Baldi architects

The cable car is situated at the margins of the city of Merano and connects the city with the nearby skiing Area of Merano 2000. Autonomous in presence, the design consists of two terminals – one in the valley and one at the summit – that maintain a common architectural language through palette and form. Made transparent through materiality and colour, the layout and scheme of the station are intuitively read by its users.

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

  • Architects: Roland Baldi architects (Roland Baldi)
  • Project: CABLE CAR MERANO 2000
  • Photography: Oskar Da Riz, Frieder Blickle

Image Courtesy © Frieder Blickle

The project’s primary function – cable car – is made prominent by wrapping the programs pertaining to the service, such as arrival/departure area, control room and landing, in a bright red cladding. The terminal’s other functions (panoramic cafe, lounge, waiting area, entry, etc.) are arranged throughout the rest of the three-storey station. The graphic slope of the roof line communicate a directional connection between the two terminals. Both stations feature a porous metal cladding that exposes the lift’s mechanical systems to the viewers. At night, this permeable skin allows the terminal to glow, becoming a lit focal point in the landscape.

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

Image Courtesy © Oskar Da Riz

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